South East Coast MTB


Sunday, 12 August 2018


Centenary Park, Peacehaven, East Sussex

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. 

Online entry now closed. Missed out? Sign up on the day.

More event details

When: Sunday, 12 August 2018

Where: Centenary Park, Peacehaven, East Sussex

Event Details

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.

Entry fees

Online entry has now closed.If you missed out but would like to participate, you can still sign up on the day. Please refer to the 'On the Day' tab for more information.

On the day
Adult £30
16-17 year old £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 MTB 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. 

South East Coast MTB - New Date announced

We'd like to thank all participants for their understanding and patience following the unfortunate postponement of this event. 

We're now pleased to announce a new date of Sunday 12th August 2018. If you had already signed up to the event, your registration will be automatically transferred to the new date, unless you tell us otherwise. Please keep hold of your event pack and participant numbers as you’ll still be able to use these at the event.    

We realise you may not be able to make this new date, so you also have the option of a full refund, gaining a discounted entry into our London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride or transferring your entry onto any of our other Off-Road events

To take up any of these options, and get advice on what this means for your fundraising, please email [email protected] or call 0300 330 3322 by Wednesday 8th August 2018

To keep up to date with the event and chat with other riders, join our South East Coast MTB Facebook Page.

Thank you again for your understanding and support over the last week. We really hope you're able to join us on this new date.  

Your entry includes

  • Fully signed & marshaled route
  • Complimentary water
  • Complimentary snacks at rest stops
  • Free standard bike wash after the ride - provided by Pro Bike Wash
  • Free massage when you finish
  • Downloadable route map
  • Downloadable google and GPX routes (Found under the on the day tab)
  • Access to a range of training and fundraising resources to help you reach your goals
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support
  • Medals for all finishers
  • FAQs

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


For sat navs please use the postcode: BN10 8RJ

Please note, the entrance to the park is at the end of a residential street, please be mindful of noise early in the morning.

Car parking

Parking will be available all day at the event site from 8.00am until the event has finished at 5.00pm and will be managed by the Newhaven National Coastwatch. Cars must be cleared from the site by 5.30pm.

Parking on the day is free but the NCI will be asking for donations on the day, so any spare change you can offer to them will be appreciated.

Public transport

Newhaven Town Railway Station is approximately 2.5 miles away, and a 12-minute cycle.

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.


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. 

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
 08:30-9:30   Start - waves of riders set off every 10 minutes
 09:15  Registration closes
 17:00  Cut-off time at finish line

You can start the ride at any time between 8.30 and 9.30. 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.

The Route 

  • Distance: 20.4, 37.8 or 55.4 miles
  • Profile: 665; 1,315 or 2,075 metres of climbing

Route maps

GPX Files

Garmin Connect GPX Files

Short Route

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.

Medium Route 
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. 

Long Route
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.

Refreshments & Facilities

Food and drink will be available to purchase at the start/finish and at the main rest stops; Itford Farm (medium & long route) and Drover Avenue Car Park (all routes). There will also be complimentary snacks and water at all rest stops. For more details about the food, make sure you follow our Facebook Page.

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


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 start/finish site, but please make sure they are well behaved and/or kept on a lead during busy periods of the day. 

We encourage all friends and family to come down and cheer you on. There is a playground for children and we will have a face painter at the finish site as well as food, music and fun! 


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

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.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

Terms and Conditions

Other useful information