London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When:

Saturday 21 September 2019

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.

Become an MTB Champion this September and take on an exhilarating 110km challenge along varied terrain. Your physical endurance levels will be put to the test - but it's worth every bead of sweat. 

2019 finalised route maps now available to download

More event details

When: Saturday 21 September 2019

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 110km, 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 that will help us beat heart and circulatory disease. So what are you waiting for?

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Entry fees 

 Standard entry 
Adult entry  £40
16-18 year old  £40 - Download entry form

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For safety reasons, we have a capacity of 2,500 participants, and registration will close when this is reached. 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 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. 

If you raised over £1,000 during your participation in this event in 2018 - contact us for details of how to join the club for this year. 

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 

To help make your event experience that bit less stressful, we organise to help you get either from Brighton to the start, or from the finish line, back to London alongside a coach full of champions. 

Please note that seats are limited on all services and every passenger must pre-purchase their ticket, there will not be any available to buy on the day. 

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

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

Afternoon Services

We have now SOLD OUT of our afternoon service. 

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 

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 2020's event - our exclusive rewards scheme for our most loyal fundraisers. If you raised over this amount last year, contact us for details if how to join the team. 

Merchandise 

Look the part on the big day by treating yourself to something from our range of exclusive London to Brighton Off-Road merchandise. Choose from a hoodie, MTB jersey or branded neck buff and enjoy a souvenir that will forever show off the epic challenge that you're taking on. 

In order to receive your item in time for event day, purchases must be completed before 5 August 2019. All orders made before this date will be delivered on the week commencing 9 September 2019. Free delivery available on orders over £30 (£3.95 delivery charge on standard orders). 

A limited amount of stock will also be available on the day & sold on a first come, first served basis.

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

Facebook

In order to receive the latest up-to-date information about the event, details about what to expect - as well as joining the conversation with your fellow participants - visit our London to Brighton Off-Road Facebook page - and say you're attending the event. This buzzing hub of chat is an unmissable element of the event.

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. 

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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: 110km 
  • Profile: 1, 359 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. 

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.

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Welcome to the club

What's Club MTB all about?

We appreciate your support and dedication to fundraising for the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride - and we think it’s about time we show that appreciation. 

Introducing Club MTB. Each year our most loyal fundraisers will be invited to join this exclusive group of riders for the following year for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Europe's leading charity Off-Road bike ride from a whole new perspective. 

How can I join? 

If you raise the following amounts during your participation in this year’s event, you’ll be eligible to join Club MTB for 2019’s ride – meaning you’ll be given:

Raise over £1,000.00 

  • Discounted entry into the 2019 event
  • Early start time – set off half an hour before everyone else
  • Exclusive 2019 Club MTB rider number 
  • Upgraded bike wash service
  • And more…. 

Raise over £2,000.00 

  • 50% off your 2019 registration fee
  • Early start time – set off half an hour before everyone else
  • Exclusive 2019 Club MTB rider number  
  • Free MTB Riding jersey 
  • Free Lunch token 
  • Upgraded bike wash service
  • And more… 

We know fundraising is tough but we're here to help you if you need it, and remember you’ll have 6 weeks after the event to collect your sponsorship too, so it is never too late to start! Stand tall and proud and let everyone know what a champion you are by taking on this challenge and helping us to beat heartbreak forever! 

If you've raised the necessary amount, please contact us by emailing [email protected] - and we will provide you with everything you need to register for this exclusive team. 

We'll be confirming more information about Club MTB - including other benefits and FAQs very soon - so keep your eye on our webpage for further updates.

Welcome to the club!

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]

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