Age 16 & over
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?
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:
This will help get you in the best possible shape to enable you to enjoy the day as much as possible.
Apps Court Farm
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.
Each service will cost £35.00. This covers transport for yourself and your bike for the service you have chosen.
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.
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.
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?
16 and 17 year olds much be accompanied by and adult at all times.