Cotswolds Bike Ride


Sunday 12 May 2019


Cheltenham and around the Cotswolds

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Our massively popular Cotswolds bike ride is back in 2019 for its 30th anniversary year.  

Join us for a very special celebration of this historic cycling event - riding 30 or 50 miles in support of our life saving research.

2019 event now open for registration - sign up today for an early bird discount

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Sign up for the Cotswolds Bike Ride

When: Sunday 12 May 2019

Where: Cheltenham and around the Cotswolds

Our 30 mile bike ride around the Cotswold's countryside is a perfect family ride. Or if you are looking for something hillier and tougher take on our 50 mile route.

Both rides are circular starting and finishing in Cheltenham and have numerous places to stop along the way for rest and refreshments.

Cotswolds Bike Ride - Entry 

  Early Bird  Standard entry fee On the day
Adult entry   £15  £20 £30
16-17 year old entry  £15  £20 £30
Age 14-15   £7.50 - Download entry form  £10 £15

The registration fee is the same for both routes. Sign up today for an exclusive early bird discount on your entry fee. 

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that powers our life saving research.

Children must be over the age of 14 to take part in this event. Cyclists aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Cycling with your family, friends or colleagues? Enter your Team name and Team Leader's name when you sign up.

Your Cotswolds Bike Ride entry includes

Contact us

If you would like to talk to someone about any of our events, get in touch. You can call us Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 or drop us an email:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

Make your travel plans

The start and finish

Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

Car parking

On entering the start site you will turn immediately right off the roundabout. Please be aware there may be congestion in this area; your patience is appreciated.

Raise money

Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for our life saving research. We are therefore asking all participants at this year's event to raise £100 in support of this work.

Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can then be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email. Remember, you're taking part in an amazing challenge - people will want to support you. 


Take a look at our fundraising guide for other ideas, tips and support to help you smash your target.

What am I in for?

Get an idea of what to expect by checking out last year's Cotswolds Bike Ride Facebook event page to see what people made of the event and the pictures and experiences that people shared.  

Get fit for your challenge

Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our cycling training zone.

If taking part in this event is your first foray into the world of cycling events, check out Bike Radar's article on the common questions beginners have, before getting started.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips

Make sure you have the right kit

Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for what to wear on the day, and what to bring with you. A helmet is essential. Why not treat yourself to one of the BHF branded cycling jerseys from our online shop.

You will receive your participant number in the post before the event. 

You're a Heart Rider - spread the word

Signing up for this challenge is no mean feat and we want you to tell all your friends and family just what you're doing and why. To help you spread the word we've created a range of social media profile pictures for you to use. Choose your favourite, upload it and start telling everyone what it means to be a Heart Rider. Don't forget to include a link to your JustGiving page

Get your family and friends involved 

Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information. 

British Cycling membership

British Cycling membership includes insurance and they’ll donate £4 for every Ride Membership Package our riders sign up for. Find out about the great membership benefits

At the event

When you arrive, if you signed up online you don't need to check in anywhere, but make sure you attach your participant number to your front.

07:30 - 09:45

Registration is open
Throughout the morning Safety briefing

08:00 - 10:00

Start of 50 mile event
09:00 - 10:00 Start of 30 mile event
17:00 Ride finishes

Although this event isn't suitable for pets, spectators are very welcome to come along as your bright red cheer squad.

The route

Our Cotswolds Bike Ride is perfect for all levels of experience. With numerous places to stop in the many villages along the way, and the opportunity to buy lunch and homemade cakes at the popular midway point Winchcombe School, this really is a great day out.

The event will be signed and marshals will be present at key points along the route. First aid support will be present. Free water and toilets will be available at the start/finish location, and there are plenty of cafes and public houses en-route. Luggage storage and changing rooms will not be available.

2018's brand new route

Having listened to participant feedback following last year's event, we've made some alterations to the early stages of the route. Instead of climbing Aggs Hill, you will instead cycle up Ham Road, which will be closed to traffic. 

Due to the location of our start site, a climb in the early stages of the route is inevitable, however this route will ensure it is slightly further into the ride meaning legs will be warmer beforehand, whilst the road closure will ensure a better experience for all. 

We'll also have a cheer squad lining the hill for encouragement, and people who wish to walk will be asked to keep left in order to avoid congestion for anyone who wishes to take the challenge via their pedals. 

We feel these changes will make the event even more enjoyable in 2018, and underlines our dedication to listening to our loyal supporters and providing the very best experiences possible throughout our cycling events. 

Please consult our route map for more information about the road closure on Ham Hill. It will be in place from 7am-2pm - or until the last participant has completed this section. All local residents and businesses have been consulted with, but if you have any questions about this please contact us by emailing [email protected]

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