London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When:

Saturday 23 September 2017

Where:

London to Brighton

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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. 

Under 400 places remain in this popular event - sign up now to avoid missing out

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Sign up to the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When: Saturday 23 September 2017

Where: London to Brighton

Register for the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

For safety reasons, the event has a capacity of 2,500 participants. Registration will close when capacity is reached. There are now just 400 places reamining in the event, so we would strongly encourage anyone wishing to take part to sign up now in order to avoid disappointment. 

   Standard entry fee 
 Adult entry   £35
 Under 18  £35 - Download entry form

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, so the fundraising target for this incredible ride is at least £100.

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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? Get your place now!

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Our new start location

Unfortunately, we've been refused permission along an early section of our normal route, following feedback from last year. The only alternative would take you along a busy road, something we wish to avoid from both a safety and enjoyment aspect.  With that in mind, we have had to source a new location to start this year’s event from. 

We are delighted to announce that in 2017 we will be starting from Kew and Ham Sports Association. We feel this is a fantastic location where you will start the route completely off road, which isn’t something we have been able to offer in previous years.

For more information on travel, please visit the location and transport tab where we will share as much travel and parking information as we can as soon as possible in order to ensure you experience is not in any way negatively impacted by this change. 

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, but hope you understand this is a decision that has not been taken lightly and has been done so with your experience in mind. If you would like to discuss this further with us please email [email protected].

Transport - New for 2017

Due to popular demand, at this year's event, we'll be running transport services - bringing participants and their bikes from Brighton to London both before and after the ride. For more information, check out our transport FAQs and to purchase your tickets, visit the Location and Travel Tab. 

Your entry includes

  • A fully signed and well marshalled route, with mile markers
  • Mechanical support throughout the ride
  • PDF route map
  • Downloadable GPX file 
  • Free massage at the finish line
  • Extensive training guidance and pre-event support
  • Water and complimentary nutritional refreshments available at the start, finish and en route
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Festival style party to welcome you to the finish line

Contact us

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

Tel: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

Coach Transport 

Brand new for 2017 we’ve introduced transport services to make your event day that little bit less stressful. Choose from one of two services:

Morning Service
Travel from Brighton right to the Start Line
Coach will depart from Hove Lawns at 6.30am 

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Afternoon Services 
Travel back from the finish line to London with a coach full of champions after you’ve completed the ride on one of two afternoon services. 
Coaches will depart from Hove Lawns at approximately 4.30pm and 8.00pm 

BOOK TICKETS

Please note that seats are limited on all services and every passenger must pre book their ticket before the deadline of 23 August 2017. No tickets will be available to purchase on the day. 

For all further information and questions about these services, please refer to our transport FAQ document

Our new start location

 

Kew and Ham Sports Association, Ham Playing Fields, Riverside Drive, Ham, London, TW10 7RX

The Finish

Hove Lawns, Brighton, BN3 2LS

Parking at the finish

There will be a short stay car park available on Kings Road (BN3 2FR), this is very close to the finish. This is a pick up site for you to be collected after the ride and there is a maximum stay of 2 hours. Please ensure the parking voucher, which will you receive in your welcome pack, is displayed.

If you would like to stay for longer, there are other pay and display car parks 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

Getting home on 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. Research that will, one day, put a stop to the devastation caused by heart disease. This year we are asking you all to raise at least £100 to make a difference. 

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.

Training Workshops – New for 2017 

Need a bit more support before taking part? We’ve teamed up with Surrey Hills Bikes to offer you exclusive, discounted access to workshops led by friendly trained and skilled mountain bike instructors to help you get prepared and motivated for the challenge that awaits! 

For more information about what the workshops will teach you, visit Surrey Hills Bikes, and if you desire, register your interest and a member of their team will be in touch to confirm your workshop date and answer any questions you may have.  

Training workshops - Register your interest

Workshops are offered at a discounted rate to British Heart Foundation participants. The British Heart Foundation are not in any way involved in the delivery of these workshops. 

Preparation

This is a difficult ride and it's therefore essential that you're sufficiently prepared for the day and our Off-Road Bike Ride preparation zone is here to help. 

Here you'll find lots of information about training, nutrition and what to expect - so you can turn up on the big day fully trained, fuelled and with the right kit, equipment, bike and tyres.

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 Bike Ride Facebook event page in order to receive regular event updates and meet your fellow Heart Riders before the big day.

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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 Registration open
 07:00 - 09:00
Start of ride - Waves of participants set off every 10 minutes
 09:00 Registration 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 will be set off in small waves every ten minutes. All participants will receive a safety briefing before starting the event.

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

  • 2016 Route map
  • Gradient profile
  • GPX File
  • Distance: 73:5 miles (125 km)
  • Profile: 1,570m climbing
  • Terrain: Cycle tracks, forest single track, South Downs Link

You'll start at the University of Roehampton and straight onto the rolling landscapes and beautiful green spaces of Richmond Park - you might even spot a stag! You'll then follow the Thames Cycle Track past Hampton Court Palace and away from 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

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.

Facilities

Toilets will be available at the start, every water stop and at the finish. 

Mobile cycle repair will also be available along the route and will be stationed at water stops. 

Complimentary nutritional snacks will be available for participants along the route - details to be confirmed. There will also be hot drinks and food purchasable from the start, finish and at water stop 2 (Shere recreation ground). 

Official water stops will be located at 15, 31, 52, 63 miles. 

The festival finish

After a challenging days off-road cycling, we know how important that finish line is to you. And we won't disappoint. A crowd of family, friends and supporters will cheer you across the finish line, where you'll be greeted with lots of entertainment for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Details are still being confirmed but we can promise locally sourced food stalls, music, entertainment and our Proud Cycling Partner Jaffa will also be on hand giving out oranges and fruit juice. There will of course also be toilets, first aid, water and a complimentary massage. 

With lots still to confirm, it promises to be a memorable conclusion to an unbelievable day. Keep checking this page for more information. And if you have anyone coming to support you, make sure you share this information with them, so they can come down early and revel in the atmosphere. 

What to expect

Want to get a taste of what you're in for? One of last year's participants Gary has written a fantastic blog - 'From Behind Bars' - about his experience at the event. We think it gives an excellent summary of the ride and is a must read for any potential participants. 

Get kitted up 

Want to show the world that you've joined the fight against heart disease? We have a full range of kit in our online cycling shop. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides, an accessory you need or a gift for a loved one - start browsing and find something for you today. And with all proceeds going towards our life saving heart research, it gives the term guilt free shopping a whole new meaning!   

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

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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.

Your fundraising will make a significant difference to the BHF as we continue our fight against heart disease. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by cardiovascular disease, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart disease and to the devastation it causes.  

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

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