London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When:

Saturday 22 September 2018

Where:

London to Brighton

Take on our popular London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride, and see if you can conquer Europe's biggest charity mountain bike event.

Join the Heart Riders team this September for an exhilarating 75 mile challenge along varied terrain. Your physical endurance levels will be put to the test - but it's worth every bead of sweat. 

Online registration now closed - on the day sign up available

More event details

When: Saturday 22 September 2018

Where: London to Brighton

Register for the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

Found on the bucket list of many a mountain bike enthusiast, this unique event packs all the best bits of off-road riding together into one jam-packed amazingly varied route that will provide you with a muddy adventure you'll never forget. From steep forest inclines to tricky technical descents, rocky paths to adrenaline pumping single tracks - we've got it all.

The variation means there's something on offer for cyclists of all abilities. There's plenty of technical sections to delight the off-road professional - but at 75 miles, the event also presents an achievable challenge to those new to the sport, especially with the help of our training advice and support. 

Most importantly of all, by taking part in this challenge you'll be supporting and raising money for our life saving research. So what are you waiting for?

Entry fees

Online registration for this event has now closed. If you missed the deadline and would still like to participated, there are a limited number of places still available on the day. To sign up, simply head to the information point at Kempton Park Racecourse which will be open from 6:15 am. 

On the day entry fee
Adult entry £50
16-18 year old £50

For safety reasons, we have a capacity of 2,500 participants, and registration will close when this is reached. There are now just a few hundred places remaining. The event will sell out and therefore, we strongly encourage anyone wishing to take part to sign up as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. 

You need to be at least 16 years old to take part in this challenging event. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

For further information about the event, please refer to our FAQs document.

Your entry includes

  • A fully signed and well marshalled route, with mile markers
  • Complimentary water
  • Complimentary snacks at rest stops including TORQ energy bars & gels
  • Free standard bike wash after the ride – provided by Pro Bike Wash
  • Free massage when you finish
  • Festival style party to welcome through the finish line
  • PDF route map
  • Downloadable GPX and KML Files (found under 'On the day' tab)
  • Expert training guidance provided by MTB Fitness
  • Medical Support
  • Mechanical Support
  • Medal for all Finishers
  • FAQs

Club MTB

Introducing Club MTB - an exclusive rewards scheme for our most loyal fundraisers. Raise over £1,000 during your participation in this year's event and be invited to join the club for next year's ride - and be offered a series of benefits that will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Europe's leading charity Off-Road Bike Ride from a whole new perspective. 

Contact us

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

Coach Transport 

The deadline for purchasing event transport tickets has now passed. No tickets will be available to purchase on the day. Participants who have purchased tickets will have them emailed to them before event day.  
Morning Service

Brighton to Kempton Park Racecourse
Coach will depart from Hove Lawns at 6:00am 

Afternoon Services
Finish Line back to Kempton Park Racecourse  
Coaches will depart from Hove Lawns at approximately 6.00pm and 8.00pm 

Please note that seats are limited on all services and every passenger must pre book their ticket. 

For more information about these services, please refer to our event transport FAQs.

Start location

 

Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ

Car Parking

There will be free drop off and long stay parking available at the start site on the morning of the event. For those looking to leave their cars at the site, the gates for the racecourse will be open until 11:30pm. Should you arrive after this time, please contact site security using the details found on the gates. They will be able to come and let you in.

Public Transport

Kempton Park Rail Station is directly outside the start venue. Sunbury Rail Station is approx 0.5 miles and Hampton (London) Rail Station is approximately two miles from the start.

Regular services run throughout the day from central London. 

We strongly advise checking with your planned train operator that bikes are allowed on the service you intend on using before travelling - some services require your bike to be booked on in advance. South West Trains, who have been informed of the event, have told us that their restrictions on bikes  are greatly reduced at weekends. It is at the discretion of the guard on each service as to how many bikes are safely allowed on board, and this is managed on a first come, first served basis. Participants should therefore allow plenty of time to get to the event.  

The Finish

Hove Lawns, Brighton, BN3 2LS

Parking

There will be pay and display parking available alongside the finish line at Kingsway Road. Parking is not permitted on Hove Lawns or anywhere on the grass near the event finish site.

There are alternative pay and display car parks available nearby: 

  • Norton Road Car Park - BN3 3BE - £3.20 for 4 hours, and is a 7 minute walk from the finish site. 
  • King Alfred Car Park - BN3 2WW - £4.00 for 4 hours (max. stay), 14 minute walk
  • Regency Square - BN1 2FG - £8.00 for 4 hours, 21 minute walk

Public Transport

The finish site is 1 mile away from both Brighton and Hove train stations. The rail companies that serve these stations are both aware of the event but are not putting on any additional services. We therefore strongly recommend planning your journey in advance of the day and ensure you've consulted the relevant train company's bike policy.  

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. This year we are asking you all to try and raise at least £100. 

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. 

Create your online fundraising page 

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

Anyone who raises over £1,000 will be eligible to join Club MTB for 2019's event - our exclusive rewards scheme for our most loyal fundraisers. More details including information of how to join the club will be confirmed soon. 

L2B Off-Road 2018 Merchandise

Our 2018 exclusive London to Brighton Off Road merchandise is available for you to purchase, check out our online event shop and pre-order your hoody and t-shirt today. 

For more information about this merchandise, please refer to our retail FAQs.

We also have a full range of kit in our online cycling shop. Whether you’re after something to wear on training rides, an accessory you need or a gift for a loved one, start browsing and find something today.

All proceeds go towards our life saving research, giving a new meaning to the term guilt free shopping! 

Buy Event merchandise

Preparation

This is a difficult ride and it's therefore essential that you're sufficiently prepared for the day. In order to help with this, we've teamed up the experts at MTB Fitness to provide you with the very best training and advice - all of which can be found in our Off-Road Bike Ride preparation zone.

Here you'll find recommended training plans, as well as information about nutrition, motivation and recovery so you can ensure you're in the best possible shape to enable you to enjoy the day as much as possible. 

Off-Road Training Zone

We'd also highly recommend the articles our friends at Bike Radar have put together on preparing for your first MTB event and the final checklist before the day.

Join the conversation

Join our London to Brighton Off-Road Event Facebook page in order to hear about any updates as well as have an opportunity to chat and share training and fundraising tips and stories with your fellow participants.  

Strava

Join our Strava club to communicate with fellow participants and share training distances, routes and times ahead of the big day.  

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. 

We strongly recommend riders come with bike lights in case of bad weather and fading light during the evening sections of the ride.

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Timings

 06:15 Information point open
 07:00 - 09:00
Start time of ride - Waves of participants set off every 10 minutes
 09:00 Information point closes 
 20:00 Cut off time at finish line

As there is a chance of bad weather/fading light during the later parts of this event, we strongly recommend participants packing bike lights.

You can start the ride at any time between 07:00 and 09:00. There will be a short safety briefing before you depart.

Each rest stop will have a cut off time that you must try to make. If you fall behind these cut off times our helpful team of marshals and our ride support team will advise you of your options.

Please be aware that there will be a wait at the start line during the first hour of the event. In order to ensure your safety on the early sections of the ride, we can only release participants in small groups to avoid crowding - and a queue will therefore be inevitable. We will do our best to keep this to a minimum but please be patient. 

The route

  • Distance: 74.25 miles (114 km)
  • Profile: 4,900 ft climbing
  • Terrain: Cycle tracks, forest single track, South Downs Link

Starting at Kempton Park Racecourse, you'll quickly pick up the Thames Cycle Track as you enjoy some stunning views over the river as you head out of the city. You'll encounter some stunning views as you cycle through Weybridge, Shere, Southwater Country Park and Steyning. We're not done with you yet though, you'll have to conquer the monster climb of Truleigh Hill right at the end of the ride - it's not for the feint hearted, but the views at the top out to the sea make all the hard work worthwhile. Then it's on to Brighton where you'll bask in the glory of the welcoming crowd at the finish line. 

Our route has been exclusively designed by Rough Ride Guide

Route maps

Terrain

We're proud of the unique varied nature of our route. You'll be faced with a number of different elements of mountain biking including tough climbs, technical descents, rocky surfaces, dirt trails, forest paths, rapid single track and the popular South Downs Link. 

In order to get you to Brighton safely, there are some small road sections - these are just to connect you to the next bit of exhilarating mountain bike riding - but don't be disheartened if you're met with a small section of tarmac. 

Make sure you have the right kit

If you're not sure what to wear on the day and what you need to bring with you, take a look at our recommended cycling kit list. You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event. 

 As the ride is predominantly off-road, we recommend at least a CX (30+mm) tyre - the ride is not suitable for narrow wheeled bikes, slicks or on road tyres.

We strongly recommend riders come with bike lights in case of bad weather and fading light during the evening sections of the ride.

Refreshments & Facilities

Food and drink will be available to purchase at the start/finish and at some of the rest stops. There will also be complimentary snacks, TORQ products and water at all rest stops. For more details about the food, make sure you follow our Facebook page. Please make sure you bring cash with you on the day.

Toilets will be available at the start, finish and at rest stops along the route.

Support

You will be fully supported at this event with an experienced medical team, marshals and a fully signed route.  Support vehicles will also be available to collect you and your bike from our rest stops should you find you are unable to complete the challenge.

Mobile bike mechanics will be available along the route and will be stationed at our rest stops. We would recommend you bring a puncture repair kit and some spare inner tubes as in some instances, it may be quicker for you to deal with small punctures yourself.  Our mechanics will check your bikes over and fix small repairs for free, but if any extra parts are needed you will have to pay.

Massage therapists will be waiting for you at the finish line and will tend to any aching legs. All riders are welcome to a complimentary massage, please bear in mind you may have to wait during busy finish times.

Pro Bike Wash 

We’re delighted to confirm the attendance of Pro Bike Wash at the finish line of this year’s event. They will be offering a free standard bike clean to all participants following the completion of the ride.

Spectators & Pets

Dogs are welcome at the finish site, but please be aware that this site gets VERY busy throughout the day. Dogs must be well behaved and/or kept on a lead during busy periods of the day and near the finish gantry.

We encourage all friends and family to come down and cheer you on. There will be lots of things to keep the entertained at the finish site, and we will be updating our website and Facebook page with more details closer to the event.

If you have any further questions about the day, please consult our event FAQ document.

Welcome to the club

New for 2017 is our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page firstly congratulations you are amazing! You'll now be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive your exclusive BHF jersey

For teams to be eligible there must be at least £500 or more (excluding Gift Aid) pledged per person, along with the names of all eligible entrants showing on the team fundraising page and each individual needs to fill in a separate form in each case to claim the 500 club jersey.

(E.g A team of 4 would need a minimum of £2000 (exc Gift Aid) pledged on their team page)

How do I claim?

Complete our form to request your jersey

Size Chart

Size XS  XL  XXL 
Chest Size (In)  33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41

41-43

43-45 
Chest Size (Cm)  84-89  89-94  94-99  99-104  104-109  109-114 

Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

Terms and Conditions

Raised over £1,000?

Raise over £1,000 during your participation in this year's event and be invited to join Club MTB for 2019's ride. Club MTB is our exclusive rewards scheme for our most loyal supporters. More details about the club, including how to join will be shared very soon. 

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