Frequently Asked Questions

Taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride? We hope you have found out all you need to know, but if not, here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

1. What is my start time?

Your start time will be allocated according to your cycling experience and expected finish time. Your time cannot be changed due to the capacity of various waves. You will be told your time closer to the event.

2. Will I get the same time as my team?

Team members will all receive the same start time according to the information the team leader provided regarding the team’s cycling ability and expected finish time. Your allocated start time cannot be changed and you will be told your time closer to the event. If you are riding as part of a team and have a different start time, please get in touch. Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Email: [email protected] Telephone: 0300 456 8355

3. Is there a minimum sponsorship target?

There is a recommended minimum sponsorship of £200 for this event. We rely on your fundraising to keep up our work - your registration fee only helps to cover the cost of putting the event on - so please raise what you can, to help us keep more families together for longer.

4. How can I reach the minimum sponsorship target?

We have a selection of fantastic ideas to reach your sponsorship target. Whether you are a fundraising pro, just getting started or looking for inspiration – we have something for everyone.

5. Is there a minimum age? 

All participants must be 14 years old on the day of the event to participate. Children 14-16 years old must be accompanied by a participating adult on the ride and will need to complete and return a consent form before they are registered to take part. The consent form will need to be received back to us by 31 May 2018. Please return by email to [email protected] or post London to Brighton Bike Ride, Greater London House, 180 Hampstead Road, London, UK, NW1 7AW. Children are not permitted to be carried or put in a child seat on the Bike Ride.


6. Are there any requirements as to the type of bicycle or carriage I can use? 

Participants don't need a specialist bike, but it is recommended that they use one with gears and ensure that everything is in working order and road worthy before the event.

It is essential that participants check: gears, brakes, the frame and wheels. If the participant isn't confident checking these then they should take their bike to a bike shop.

As the Bike Ride is on roads, a road bike is the most efficient to use, however it's not imperative. If a mountain bike is used, the rider will be better off replacing the knobbly off-road tyres with 'slick' tyres. This will reduce the friction and therefore make the job easier. The main thing is to check the bike is roadworthy before setting off and remember a helmet - this will reduce any head injuries in case of an accident.       

7. Can I cycle on an e-bike? 

Yes, the British Heart Foundation does permit the use of e-bikes. However, this is subject to the following conditions:

  • The e-bike must be fitted with pedals that are capable of propelling it
  • The electric motor must not exceed 250 watts
  • The electrical assistance must cut out when the e-bike reaches 15.5mph 

8. Can I transfer my event fee over to another event or have a refund?

All places purchaed for the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2018 are non-transferable and non-refundable.

9. Do I have to complete the event in a certain time?

All participants are required to complete London to Brighton Bike Ride by 19.00. Cut off times will be enforced along the route including being at the top of Ditchling Beacon by 18.15. All participants will receive a route guide on the day advising of cut off times and locations.     

10. Where can I get a map of the route?

At the start of the ride volunteers will be handing out route guides – so don’t forget to pick one up. The guide will tell you where our official refreshments points are. There should be no chance of getting lost as the route is lined with marshals, volunteers and thousands of cyclists going with you. 

11. How can I register a team?

One designated participant must first register as a team leader, which will create the team. This registration only pays for the one rider to take part, not the team members. Team Leaders will then need to invite team members to register and pay for themselves by searching for the team name or with the link they are provided via email. Each person must use a different email to register.

12. How can I join a team if I have already registered to take part?

Please contact our customer service with the team name and team leaders’ name, we will then be able to add you. Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Email: [email protected] Telephone: 0300 456 8355

13. What are the travel options for the day?

Southern Rail will not be accepting bikes on their trains, this may be enforced for the entire weekend, including the Monday. This is the decision made by the railway service, please make sure that you check with the railway service provider before you travel and please note that if you chose to travel via train you will be using this service at your own risk. Alternatively, our travel service offers transport for you and your bike to the start line in Clapham as well as from Brighton to the start line in Clapham, once you have finished. Buy your travel tickets here.

14. How many people can join a team? 

There is no minimum or maximum number of people who can join a team. But each person must use a different email to register.

15. Is the registration fee/minimum sponsorship per person/team/bike/tandem?   

The registration fee and minimum sponsorship is per person.

16. Can I change my team name? 

Please contact our customer service with the team name and team leaders’ name, we will then be able to look in to this for you. Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Email: [email protected] Telephone: 0300 456 8355               

17. What are the opening times of the Clapham Common and the Beach Village? 

The Start Line in Clapham Common will be open from 05.30 - 10:00. The Beach Village will be open from 7:00 - 19:00.

18. Can I do it on inline skates/non-bicycle transport?           

No, inline skates, scooters and skateboards etc are not allowed on the Ride.

19. Do you provide bike hire, or do you have a bike partner?         

Unfortunately, we do not offer a bike hire service. However, an internet search for 'bike hire London' might point you in the right direction.

20. When will I know my rider number and start time?        

This information will be sent to you from April onwards. If you have not received your rider number and/or start time two weeks before the ride then please let us know.

21. Can I used a fixed gear bicycle to take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride?

The British Heart Foundation takes the health safety and welfare of all participants in the London to Brighton bike ride seriously. The use of such bikes for the London to Brighton bike ride has been considered and it has been decided that the British Heart Foundation does not consider this type of bicycle to be suitable for use at our event. The rationale for this is as follows:

The length of route and number of hill climbs and more importantly descents raises concerns for people to manage their speeds down some of our steeper gradients. It is also noted that not all fixies will come with brakes fitted which in turn gives rise to concerns over the ability to slow or stop the bicycle in and emergency or to maintain a steady and safe speed during a hill descent.

In the absence of a freewheel option, cyclist will be required to maintain a constant work output which over such a long distance will increase the levels of fatigue and impact upon the event medical services and potentially delays to opening road networks and/or finishing the ride and repatriation back to London.

22. How can I register for the ride?

Register by clicking the button below.