London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride | BHF
Sat 23 Sep 2023 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride | BHF

The London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride is back! Exhilarating off-road excitement from capital to coast on Europe's biggest charity mountain bike event to fund lifesaving research.

  • Sat 23 Sep 2023
Apps Court Farm, Walton-on-Thames > Hove Lawns, Brighton

London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride | BHF



Age 16 & over

  • 61 miles mountain biking + 1295 m ascent


Found on the bucket list of many a mountain bike enthusiast, this unique event packs all the best bits of off-road riding together into one jam-packed amazingly varied route that will provide you with a dirt adventure you'll never forget.

The variation means there's something on offer for cyclists of all abilities. There are enough technical sections to delight the off-road enthusiast but the event also presents an achievable challenge to newbies.

Most importantly by taking part in this challenge you'll be supporting and raising money to help beat heart and circulatory disease. So what are you waiting for?


  • Europe's biggest charity mountain bike event
  • Superb views and technical terrain
  • Rocky surfaces, dirt trails, rapid single tracks
  • Test your endurance
  • Open to all speeds of rider
  • Help BHF beat heart and circulatory disease

  • Newcomers
  • Teams


  • 06:15 | Information point opens.
  • 06:30-10:00 | Start waves take place every 30 minutes in between these times. You’ll be able to choose your start time as part of the registration process.
  • 10:00 | Information point closes.
  • 20:00 | Cut off time at finish line.

All abilities

This ride fuses exhilarating riding with a superbly organised route and is open to riders of all abilities.


This is a difficult ride and it's therefore essential that you're sufficiently prepared for the day. In order to help with this, MTB Fitness will provide you with the very best training and advice - all of which can be found in the off-road bike ride preparation zone which you'll get access to when you sign up and which includes:

  • Training places
  • Nutrition
  • Motivation
  • Recovery


This will help get you in the best possible shape to enable you to enjoy the day as much as possible.

  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Urban

Event HQ

Apps Court Farm
Hurst Road
KT12 2EG

You are able to leave your car at Apps Court Farm overnight to be collected by 14:00 the following day.


There are coach services to help you get between the start and finish points.

Both services will take you from Hove Lawns, Brighton to Apps Court Farm, Surrey.

  • Morning service

    Departure will take place from 04:30 – 07:00 and coaches will leave approximately every 30 minutes. Please be aware that each coach will set off with a trailer in convoy (carrying your bikes). Due to capacities, there are 2 coaches for every trailer, so you will leave as soon as both coaches are full. The journey is approximately 1hr and 40 minutes, so please try and get on a coach that is suitable to your start wave time.

  • Afternoon service

    Departure will take place from 14:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 20:00 and coaches will leave approximately every 30 minutes. Again, these will be first come, first serve basis for any ticket holders. Once each coach is full it will depart, and all other ticket holders will have to wait for the next service.

Each service will cost £35.00. This covers transport for yourself and your bike for the service you have chosen.

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Navigation required
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

Route summary

  • Apps Court Farm
  • Thames Cycle Track
  • Weybridge
  • Shere
  • Southwater Country Park
  • Steyning
  • Truleigh Hill
  • Brighton

Route description

Starting at Apps Court Farm, you'll quickly pick up the Thames Cycle Track as you enjoy idyllic scenery across the river as you head out of the city. You'll then encounter some stunning views as you cycle through Weybridge, Shere, Southwater Country Park and Steyning. Conquer the monster climb of Truleigh Hill right at the end of the ride - it's not for the feint hearted, but the views at the top out to the sea make all the hard work worthwhile. Then it's on to Brighton where you'll bask in the glory of the welcoming crowd at the finish line.


You'll be faced with a number of different elements of mountain biking including tough climbs, technical descents, rocky surfaces, dirt trails, forest paths, rapid single track and the popular South Downs Link.

In order to get you to Brighton safely, there are some small road sections - these are just to connect you to the next bit of exhilarating mountain bike riding - but don't be disheartened if you're met with a small section of tarmac.

Cut off time

Each rest stop will have a cut off time that you must try to make. If you fall behind these cut off times the helpful team of marshals and the ride support team will advise you of your options.


There will be regular checkpoints out on the route, where you will be able to access important necessities such as toilets, water and medical and mechanical support.

  • Map
  • Medal
  • Training plan


  • Fully signed and well marshalled route with mile markers
  • Complimentary water
  • Complimentary snacks at rest stops including energy bars
  • Route map (available on the day)
  • Participant pack (to be received by post around 2-4 weeks before event day)
  • Downloadable GPX Files (available in advance of event day)
  • Free parking at the start line
  • Expert training guidance and plans provided by MTB Fitness
  • Strava club to e-meet fellow participants before the ride
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Professional photography

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support

Power research with every mile

Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for life saving research. This year you are asked to try and raise at least £200 to make a difference.

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.

By taking part in this challenge you'll be supporting and raising money that will help BHF beat heart and circulatory disease.

So what are you waiting for? 

  • Age 16 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Fundraising required
  • Race pack by post

16 and 17 year olds much be accompanied by and adult at all times.

Entry fees

Entry fee