London to Brighton Off-road at Night Event - 24th June 2023
OUR PRICE £65
2023 Early bird offer £60 for a limited number of places only!!
After the 2nd successful [email protected] event we're super excited to be planning for 2023 and hoping to make it even bigger and better!
You’ve probably heard of the London to Brighton Off-road event, which we've organised for the British Heart Foundation for the past 16 years. Well now we've just upped the ante; tweaked the route and are tackling it through the night!
It's not a race, it's a fun and social ride, offering the support and opportunity to attempt a unique adventure and experience that will live long in your memory. Perhaps it may even provide the challenge and structure for you to raise some money for a charity of your choice.
The route is fully signed, plus we have support riders, vehicles, first aiders and mechanics to help support you along the way. There are also three checkpoints along the route with free refreshments, including hot food & drinks, plus a breakfast bap and hot drink at the finish in the lovely Rockwater Hove venue. Free parking is also available at the start for participants.
E-bikes are very welcome but remember it's a 100km ride! If you carry your charger, you should be able to give the battery a quick 30min charge at the halfway point (only)! If you are interested in some E-assistance check out Beacon Bikes based near Brighton, who are happy to rent out E-MTB's for this event.
Stats: 95km with 1,225 metres of climbing
Start: Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2JG
Finish: Rockwater, Hove, BN3 4FA
Terrain: A mix of dirt, gravel, tarmac, roots, sand, stone and grass. Some roots and rough tracks along the way, so best suited to a hardtail MTB, although it is still very doable on a gravel bike.
This is not a race – it’s a social ride and adventure; a bit of fun and challenge to enjoy with like-minded riders. This will be a relatively small and intimate event with rider numbers capped and of course be subject to covid restrictions at the time.
What we provide:
Shuttle bus back to the start: We will run be running a limited number of mini-bus shuttle runs back to the start for riders and bicycles. This is NOT included in the price of the event ticket. You will need to buy a shuttle bus ticket separately.
What you provide: A fully working and suitable bike, suitable front & rear lights and a back-up light! Warm clothes and enthusiasm.
NOTE: Riders need to be well experienced and comfortable with riding at night. We reserve the right to refuse participation if we deem your bike or lights to be unsuitable for the ride.
Overnight parking: Free overnight parking is available at the start/leisure centre. Please note the car park is locked after we leave and will be unlocked the next morning at 9am. Vehicles left at owners risk.
For FAQ see HERE
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Route Description: Starting beside the River Thames, near Hampton Court, the route heads out of London, off-road, along riversides and canal paths as the light starts to fade. After crossing the M25 motorway you hit some proper dirt trails which plunge you into the dark, amongst the owls, badgers and bats! With steeper gradients, roots and singletrack it's an entertaining ride as you cross the North Downs.
Once you emerge from the woods you will be able to refuel at the 2nd checkpoint in Cranleigh after which you now join the Downs Link trail, offering easier navigation and trails for a welcome respite. There is still another big climb to come, which will deliver you up onto the South Downs, and as the sky starts to brighten all that's left is a fast and fun plummet down towards the lights of Brighton. A short spin along the sea front will lead you to the finish and a well-deserved breakfast on the seafront at Rockwater Hove. All that's left for you to decide on is whether to go for a celebratory dip in the sea.