London to Brighton Off road at Night
OUR PRICE £50
When: 13th June 2020
Stats: 100km with 1,250 metres of climbing
Start: Kempton Racecourse, London, TW16 5AQ
Finish: Brighton seafront, BN3 2WN
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Terrain: A mix of dirt, gravel, tarmac, roots, sand, stone and grass. Some technical sections along the way, and three big hills, but suitable for gravel bikes (with maybe a dismount or few).
The ride: You’ve probably heard of the L2BOR event, which we run with the British Heart Foundation every September. Well now we've just upped the ante; tweaked the route and are tackling it through the night! This is not a race – it’s a social ride and adventure; a bit of fun and challenge to enjoy with like-minded riders.
Starting at Kempton Park Racecourse as the sun starts to fade, the route travels out of London through parkland, riversides and along canal paths, until it crosses the M25 and hits the proper dirt trails. With steeper gradients, roots and singletrack it's an exciting crossing as you pass through the North Downs in the dead of night, before joining the Downs Link for a welcome respite. After one last big climb up onto the South Downs, glorious views over Brighton in the early dawn light await, before flying down the hill to the coast and along the seafront to Brighton, and a well deserved breakfast.
What’s included: Signed route, gpx, pdf route map, support riders, sweep vehicle (with tools and a few spares), bag transfer, checkpoints along the route with complimentary drinks and food (including the all-important coffee).
What’s not included: Breakfast at the end (although we have comandeered a cafe that are opening early to sell us bacon sarnies - hurray!!) or a lift back to the start. Although trains will allow bicycles on them, we will be providing a limited number of paid shuttle places back to Kempton Park, London in a minibus with bike trailer, on a first-come-first-served basis, for £25pp (and bike); please purchase these tickets separately through our online shop. If you intend to leave your car overnight at Kempton Park Racecourse where the event starts from then you will also need to purchase a ticket from the online shop for £10.
NOTE: Riders should be experienced and comfortable with riding at night, have suitable lights, have a well serviced and suitable bike, clothing, equipment and back-up lights. Sunset is at 9.18pm and sunrise at 4.42am, so plan for having up to 8hrs of light/battery available.
Early bird price of £50 (inc vat) Note: The price will rise gradually as we get closer to the event...
I don’t like riding alone and I can’t convince/don’t have any mates daft enough to join me, is this a problem? Not at all, that’s why we’re organising the ride, to bring like-minded people together and enable you to take on an epic adventure that you may not have done otherwise. You’ll make new and better friends, who are more adventurous and fun than your old ones.
How do I get to the start? Kempton Racecourse is at the end of the M3, postcode TW16 5AQ or there is a train station in the racecourse car park. Cars can also be left in the racecourse car park (there will be a charge).
How do I get back to the start? Either by train, or pre-book a lift back in the minibus, e-mail [email protected] to book Alternatively ask a friend or partner to meet you on Sunday morning, but remember to sell it to them as a fun get-together/romantic Sunday outing in Brighton.
How much baggage can I bring along? One small holdall/travel bag (aeroplane overhead locker size) only please, not a suitcase or we’ll be forced to tie it to the bumper and drag it to Brighton!
Will I be able to access my holdall bag en-route? No. You will need to carry what you need with you.
My lights are rubbish and this is a perfect excuse to buy myself some more, what do you recommend? Exposure Lights are excellent, offering a wide range of lights with great output, a robust build, are cable-free and provide great customer service. If you are interested in buying any lights contact us as we can get a deal on them. Also, Magicshine do very bright budget lights and also MTBbatteries are reported to be very good.
What bike? A Cyclocross bike would be ok for riders who are used to (and like) a bit of pain and a challange, but a MTB with bigger squishier tyres and suspension would be better for the techy sections and clattering into unseen obstacles which inevitably happens when night riding, or tired, or both. A hardtail is fine, although a short travel full suspension is ideal.
What tyres? Fast rolling, low profile would be good unless it’s wet, in which case it’ll be worth plumping for something with a little more bite to them. We’ll no doubt be answering and advising in the last-minute run-up panic to the event, especially if the weather is being…British.
I’m now unable to make the date/haven’t trained enough/scared of the dark/chickened out, can I get my money back? I’m afraid we are unable to refund you, but you are free to pass on/re-sell your ticket. Both parties need to confirm the change with us though please.
What refreshments will be available? There will be three checkpoints along the route which will have some food and drinks. There will be a breakfast bap and hot drink (to buy) at the end too. Please let us know of any dietry requirements.