London to Brighton Cycle Ride
Sun 15 Sep 2024 London, UK

London to Brighton Cycle Ride

Britain's best-known one-day cycle route! Wake up in London, get on your bike and end up on Brighton's pebbly beach plus conquer the mile-long climb of Ditchling Beacon on route.

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Mind

Join Team Mind for this epic ride and join the fight for better mental health! Wear your Mind cycling jersey with pride and enjoy a fantastic support package.

  • Sun 15 Sep 2024
Clapham Common, London > Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton

London to Brighton Cycle Ride

06:30

£55

Age 16 & over

  • 55 miles road cycling

Overview

On this iconic London to Brighton charity cycle ride, leave the buzz of the city behind and join thousands of your fellow cyclists as you face the challenge of a 55-mile. Journey on two wheels from the heart of London to the buzzing Brighton seafront!

Over 4,000 riders will make their way through the idyllic English countryside putting their legs to the test on Ditchling Beacon before gliding down to Brighton to cross the finish line and celebrate their success. 

No need to be looking at your map – the route is fully sign-posted so that you can keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside! It is the perfect challenge for solo riders looking to get in some extra miles, beginner cyclists taking on their first big challenge or corporate groups looking for a team cycle!

Highlights

  • UK's best-known one-day cycle ride

    Ride alongside 4,000+ cyclists for amazing atmosphere and great camaraderie.

  • From capital to coast

    Fully signposted route all the way meaning no navigation required.

  • Free buffet lunch and refreshments

    A supportive event to help you to the finish line including roaming mechanical support.

  • End of summer finale

    Celebrate with a beer on Brighton's beautiful seafront.

  • Low fundraising target

    Choose from a wide range of important causes and smash your sponsorship goal!

Event video

  • Newcomers
  • Teams

Timetable

  • There will be a staggered start between 06:00-10:30. Participants will be emailed their allocated start time a few weeks before the event.

Training

This ride is challenging but achievable. In order to maximise your enjoyment, you will need to train and get out on your bike before the ride.

  • Coast
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Clapham Common
Nightingale Lane
London
Greater London
SW4 9AH
UK

The ride will start from Clapham Common, off Nightingale Walk and will finish at the Brighton Seafront on Madeira Drive, 500m walk from the Pier.

  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Staggered starts
  • Toilets
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

From the greenery of Clapham Common, you'll ride along a host of lazy country lanes through gorgeous villages, before reaching the uphill challenge that is Ditchling Beacon, a mile-long climb to the top of the South Downs with extraordinary views, before the downhill descent onto the pebbly Brighton seafront. 

The route is fully sign-posted so that you can keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the wonderful surrounding countryside! 

On your way, stop at the picturesque village of Turners Hill for lunch, stay hydrated at water stops along the route of this challenging cycle ride and take advantage of the stationary and roaming mechanical support to keep you on course to the finish line. 

Free water and snacks will be available at the finish and at the refreshment stops, which will be in three locations on the route around 17 miles, 30 miles and at the top of the infamous Ditchling Hill at 48 miles.

  • Medal
  • Training plan

Pre-event support

Once you have registered your place you’ll be given access to the comprehensive pre-event website which has full details of the route, training advice and fundraising advice. Plus the team is on hand to answer all your questions via email.

Mechanical support

If you are confident you’ll make the distance but you’re not so sure about your bike don’t worry it's covered! The highly experienced mechanics will be based at all rest stops along the route and you’ll also be able to request assistance if you need help along the route too.

Medal

Once you have completed the ride you will be rewarded with an official souvenir of your achievement – the coveted London to Brighton Cycle Medal! This is for you to treasure and remember your wonderful day.

Photos

Event photography will be provided during the event for you to view and purchase once you have completed the ride.

This ride is predominantly a charity cycle challenge with thousands of cyclists taking part and fundraising for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the cyclist advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in the event and much more.

Benefits of riding for charity

Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and train, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:

  • Fundraising support

    Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous participants.

  • Training support

    Whether this is your first ride or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elites too, who can provide exclusive tips to help you prepare. Experts include Full Potential and Olympic champs.

  • Branded cycling kit

    When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or jersey to ride in on the big day, and often a training top too.

  • Support on the day

    When you're partway through your ride and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you ride past!

  • Post-race recovery

    Refreshments and an indulgent post-race sports massage are often provided by charities. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have completed the cycle challenge for that cause.

  • Exclusive social groups

    You won't be the only person taking part for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other cyclists  through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training rides, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.

What are charity places?

Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general/ballot entries are closed.

Cycling challenges and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Mind
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Mind

Join Team Mind for this epic ride and join the fight for better mental health! Wear your Mind cycling jersey with pride and enjoy a fantastic support package.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide

50% off registration in May!

Sign up
£55 £27.50

Fundraise
£150

Children

WellChild

Care and support for children with a long-term or complex health condition.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Supporter cheer packs
  • Training plan
  • Dedicated contact
  • Refreshments
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Children

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Helping the hospital offer a better future to seriously ill children across the UK.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Mental health

Mental Health UK

Helping people with mental health problems have a better life.

  • T-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

Bowel Cancer UK

Beating bowel cancer together.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

Orchid, Fighting Male Cancer

Raising awareness and saving lives for prostate, testicular and penile cancer.

  • T-shirt
  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

MS Society

For a world free from the effects of MS.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Supporter cheer packs
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Armed forces

Help for Heroes

Helping wounded veterans and their families to recover and get on with their lives.

  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£350

Children

Child Bereavement UK

Supporting bereaved children and families to help rebuild their lives.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Exclusive social group

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Pioneering new cancer treatments to create a future beyond cancer.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Refreshments
  • Free massage
  • Certificate

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Mental health

SANE

Supporting those affected by mental illness to change mental health for good.

  • T-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

JDRF

Improving lives. Curing type 1 diabetes.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Children

NSPCC

Every childhood is worth fighting for.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£40

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

Epilepsy Society

Transforming the lives of people with epilepsy through world-leading research, advocacy and care.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

Parkinson's UK

Find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising incentives

Sign up
£55

Fundraise
£150

  • Age 16 & over
  • 4000 places
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online

Riders under the age of 18 will need a letter of parental consent when signing up.

Entry fees

Early bird entry fee

£55.00