London to Reading Bike Ride

When:

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Where:

Kempton Park

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Looking for a new year's fitness goal? Get on your bike and take on one of the first major cycling events of 2019.

Sign up today for the London to Reading Bike Ride and focus your sights on completing this inspirational 40 mile challenge in support of life saving research.

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When: Saturday, 23 March 2019

Where: Kempton Park

Be first out of the blocks with your fitness drive this new year by helping us beat heart and circulatory diseases and taking on this 40 mile challenge.

Setting off from the outskirts of London, you'll cycle through picturesque villages and spring countryside as you head for the euphoria of crossing the finish line in the bustling town of Reading. 

Fees

Sign up today to take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird Discount offer - entitling you to a 25% discount on your entry fee. 
Early bird   Standard entry On the day
Adult  £15  £20 £30
16-17 year old  £15 - Download entry form  £20 £30
Age 14-15  £7.50 - Download entry form  £10 £15
 
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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.

The event is ideal for those who haven’t taken part in many cycling events before. The largely flat route and quiet roads make the challenge an achievable one whilst the beautiful views and amazing atmosphere will allow you to see for yourself just how much fun can be had on two wheels.

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Contact us

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

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

 

The start

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

By coach

To make your logistical arrangements easier, we have arranged an optional coach service to transport you and your bike from Reading before the event. The service will depart Hills Meadow Car Park in Reading (near the finish line) at 06:30am on Saturday 23 March 2019 and will drop you right at the start line. 

Passengers must pre-book their ticket, and there will not be any available to purchase on the day. 

Buy travel tickets

For more information, check out our Travel FAQs document.  

Parking 

Free parking is available from 07:30am at Kempton Park Racecourse and cars can be left here for the duration of the event - however, they must be collected before 10:00pm. 

By train

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. 

We'd also recommend checking scheduled engineering works before planning your journey.

The finish

Christchurch Meadows, George Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8DH

Travel from the finish

The finish location is half a mile from Reading station. Trains run from here into London at regular intervals throughout the day.  

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 travel. 

We'd also recommend checking scheduled engineering works before planning your journey.

Parking 

There are several pay and display car parks near the finish site at Christchurch Meadows, the closest of which are:

  • Hills Meadow car park - RG4 8DH - 3 minute walk - £8.00 for up to 12 hours
  • Reading station long stay car park - RG1 8BT - 7 minute walk - £5.00 for 2 hours, £8.00 for 6 hours, £12 for up to 24 hours

There may also be free parking available at a number of local streets around Christchurch Meadows. Cars are parked at owners risk. 

 
 

Reach your fundraising target

The easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up an online fundraising page. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and you can then easily share a link to your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can show their support for the amazing challenge you've set yourself. Make sure you keep it up to date too, share your story - tell people why you're taking part, how you've found your training and how you're feeling ahead of the big day. Make your supporters feel like they're a part of your experience - it could make all the difference to your total.  

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It's not all about online donations either, there are lots of other ways of getting the money rolling in, and having a great time while you're at it - check out our fantastic range of fundraising resources for everything you'll need, including some other ideas to help you smash your target.

Get fit for your challenge

A 40 mile bike ride is not to be sniffed at - you'll need to be prepared for the challenge. For some help planning your training, check out the information available in our cycling training zone.

Strava

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

Get kitted up

Show the world you've joined the Heart Riders team and treat yourself to some new kit from our online cycling shop. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides or on the day itself, 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!  

And 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. 

Your participant number

Before the event, we will send you a welcome pack - which will contain, amongst other information, your participant numbers (one to attach to yourself, and one for your bike). Presuming you've signed up in good time, you should receive this a few weeks before the big day. Later registrations will have their packed posted out by 1st class post. 

If your event is under 2 weeks away and you haven't received your pack, please contact us so our team can investigate the cause and mail you a replacement. If you are unable to do this though, please don't panic. Replacement packs will also be available from our information point, which will be open from 07:00 on the morning of the event. 

What am I in for?

Check out last year's London to Reading Event Facebook page to get a feel for the day and a sense of the inspirational event you've signed up for.

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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At the start

 07:00  Registration opens 
 07:30 - 10:00   Rolling start time
 09:45 Registration closes
 16:00  Cut off time at finish line

There are no allocated start times for this event. You can set off at any time between 07:30 and 10:00. There will be a short safety briefing before you depart, there may be a queue and brief wait. 

Getting There

To make your logistical arrangements easier, we have arranged an optional coach service to transport you and your bike from the finish, to the start. Tickets for this service must be purchased in advance and will not be available on the day. Check out our Travel FAQs document for more information. 

The route

We'll take you from the outskirts of London, on open but quiet country roads through some beautiful towns and villages along the Thames Valley - including the jaw dropping views of Virginia Water and Henley-on-Thames. The beautiful spring countryside will provide the picturesque backdrop to this amazing day out, as you head for the glory of crossing the finish line in the bustling town of Reading.

The gradient isn't too hilly - but don't get lulled into a false sense of security. With around 5 miles to go lies the big bad climb known as Chalk Hill. It's tough on the legs but if you can pedal all the way to summit - it will make the feeling of crossing that finish line feel all the more sweeter. 

This isn't a race. It's about taking part and conquering a challenge. So make sure you enjoy the views, stop at some of our lovely refreshment points, and soak up the fun-filled atmosphere provided by all of our amazing, friendly participants. 

Our special guests

We're delighted to confirm that Matt & Michelle from Heart Radio Breakfast Show will be joining us on this special day. They'll be starting the event off, taking part alongside you and getting up to their usual mischief - tune in on weekday mornings and keep an eye on this page for more information.

Facilities

The route will be fully signed, marshalled and there will be first aid and mechanical support throughout. Please be aware that event is not chip timed.  

Complimentary water and a small range of snacks will be available at the refreshment points along the route, water will also be available at the beginning and end of the ride. 

There will be food and drink available to purchase at the start and finish sites.

Our recommended lunch stop is 25.5 miles into the route - check out the menu to see what will be on sale. 

Toilets will be available at the start and finish sites. 

There will also be free massages for all participants available at the finish of the event, provided by Athletes Angels.

Bring your cheerleaders

Supporters looking to come and join us making noise and supporting you on the day are more than welcome. The best vantage points can be found at the start and end of the ride, or at Henley-on-Thames. 

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