South East Coast MTB


Sunday, 29 July 2018


Centenary Park, Peacehaven, East Sussex

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This summer, get your mates together, head to the coast and take on our newest mountain bike challenge.  

The beautiful coastal setting plays host to this action packed day out - and with three varied routes on offer there’s something to suit riders of all abilities. 

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Register for South East Coast MTB

When: Sunday, 29 July 2018

Where: Centenary Park, Peacehaven, East Sussex

As organisers of some of the U.K's biggest and best Off-Road events, we bring you our newest adventure. Picturesque coastal scenes, adrenaline pumping forest trails and epic cliffs to climb - this visually stunning ride showcases the best of East Sussex.

Choose from a beginner friendly 20 mile route, an intermediate 38 mile ride or a 55 mile challenge that features some tricky, technical riding that will put more experienced mountain bikers to the test. All of which will enjoy the world class support on offer by a BHF team with years of experience of running MTB events, not to mention the brilliant atmosphere and camaraderie our rides are famous for.

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Entry fees

Standard entry fee On the day
Adult £20 £30
16-17 year old £20 - Download entry form £30

All participants must be over the age of 16 in order to participate.


This is an ideal event to share with friends and family. The different route options means you don't all need to be of similar experience levels, so why not consider who else might like to join you for this epic day out?

For more information about the event, check out our South East Coast Off-Road FAQs.  

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

On the day entries will only be available if the event has not sold out - as there is no guarantee on this it is strongly recommended that anyone wishing to participate in this event signs up in advance. 


Your entry includes

  • Fully signed & well marshalled route
  • Mechanical support throughout the ride
  • PDF route map
  • Google map of route
  • Downloadable GPX file: 20 mile route38 miles; 55 miles
  • Free massage at the finish line
  • Extensive training guidance and pre-event support
  • Water and complimentary snacks at the start, finish and on the route
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Medical support

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]




Centenary Park, Piddinghoe Avenue, Peacehaven, BN10 8RH


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.

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.

Get kitted up

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! 


If you’re new to off-road cycling we want to make sure you are 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.


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 South East Coast MTB 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. 


If you're on Strava, make sure you tick you're attending the event in our Strava club in order to communicate with fellow participants and share training distances, routes and times ahead of the big day.

You're a Heart Rider - spread the word

When you sign up for this challenge you become one of us – a Heart Rider. 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. 


Event timings

 08:00  Registration is open
 08:30-10:30   Start - waves of riders set off every 10 minutes
 10:15  Registration closes
 17:00  Cut-off time at finish line

If you fall behind the cut off times our helpful team of marshals will advise you of your options

You can start the ride at any time between 8:30 and 10:30. There will be a short safety briefing before you depart.  

The Route 

Back for its second year, and ready to build on the great success of 2017, the South East Coast MTB offers a brand new start and finish location, situated in the picturesque Centenary Park in Peacehaven and 3 new intertwined routes for 2018, suitable for a wider range of skills and abilities. 

20 Miles 
The shortest of our routes aims to provide riders with a nice mixture of different trails that make the South Downs such an amazing place to ride, whilst minimising those brutal climbs – the perfect route for someone fairly new to mountain bike riding.  
After peeling off from the other distances, you’ll head alongside the River Ouse, before climbing up onto the South Downs where you’ll take in some spectacular summertime views. As you make your way back to the coast you’ll enjoy the wonderful winding descent into the hidden Woodingdean Valley before getting up close and personal with the sea, riding alongside the coastline, beneath the imposing white chalk cliffs back to Peacehaven to finish.

38 Miles 
The 38 mile route adds a hilly extension for riders, over the hillside to the north of Seaford, through the steep Rathfinny vineyard valleys, along quiet trails, plummeting to the picturesque village of Alfriston on some great single-track - a perfect ride for those with some mountain bike experience. 

55 Miles
For those who want some additional technical riding, the 55 mile route will take you further east, crossing the Cuckmere river and winding through Friston Forest, over the hilltops and blasting down to the famous Birling Gap and its iconic views. 
From there you’ll head back inland, along the classic South Downs Way, with a fast & fun descent down into Jevington where you join the old coach road, a rough and rutted track that skirts the foot of the steep northern escarpment of the South Downs. 
Back in Alfriston the route merges once more with the 38 mile route, continuing along the old coach road for a fast and fun ride along the foot of the South Downs, before finally climbing up onto it, which will test even the strongest of legs. Once up on the ridgetop the route offers stunning panoramic views in all directions and a brief rest before a rattling descent to re-join the 20 mile route along the River Ouse. 

This route is being designed exclusively for the British Heart Foundation by Rough Ride Guide.


Toilets will be available at the start, finish and some of water stops along the route. 

Mobile bike mechanics will be available along the route and will be stationed at water stops - please refer to the route map.

You'll be fully supported by an experienced first aid team, event marshals and the route is fully signed. Support vehicles are also available to collect you and your bike from any checkpoint should you find you are unable to complete the challenge.

The rest stops along the route will be offering participants complimentary water and nutritional snacks (details to be confirmed).  There will also be facilities to purchase hot food & drink at the start, finish and some of these rest stops. Further details are available on the route map.  

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.

At the finish

When you arrive at the finish, we’ll be there to celebrate your success with music, food and drink and a free massage to help ease those aching muscles. Your friends and family are very welcome to come and help us make some noise to greet you.


Welcome to the club

Welcome to the 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 to beat heart and circulatory diseases. 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


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.

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