One of the best known charity cycle races in the UK is back. This year thousands of cyclists are getting ready to take on this amazing challenge and help the British Heart Foundation (BHF) save lives through their pioneering research. The main event - the Day Ride kicks off on 15th June, with the Night Ride following a month later on 12-13th July. Lastly, at the tail end of summer, the London to Brighton events finish up with the Off Road cycle on 20th September.
The London to Brighton route is the original and iconic city to coast bike ride. The route follows the A23 and nearby minor roads. It's full of delightful contrasts, passing through Westminster and the London suburbs of Brixton, Croydon and Purley, Gatwick, Crawley and into the countryside of The Weald, crossing through the North and South Downs. The British Heart Foundation has been involved with the London to Brighton Bike Ride since 1980, raising more than £40 million to help fund research with over 650,000 riders taking part.
This year's day race is already full but next year the Bike Ride will be celebrating its 40th birthday. If you still want to get involved there are still spaces available for the Night Ride and the extremely popular Off Road Ride. Get yourselves registered as soon as possible before you miss out!
Register your interest for 2015 now to be kept up to date with cycling events, next years enrollment and information about the big bash itself.
As of yet the official route for this years event hasn't been released yet. On the day you will be given a race card that explains the route, showing you all the first aid and rest points. If you'd like to get an idea of the route, you can download the London to Brighton 2013 route here.
Organise a team to come join in the event with you! Each team member will still need to register individually online, but you'll have the option of entering the team name you're joining and the team leader's name - as easy as that you're in a cycling team!
The Zipcar Team - Zipvans back to London
Quite a few of the Zipcar staff are taking part in this year's day ride and if you're already registered you're more than welcome to join us. As an added incentive we'll be driving some vans down to Brighton to pick up the bikes, making that return journey as easy as possible! If you'd like to book a place for your bike get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limited amount of space so get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment!
Kicking off under the bright lights of Tower Bridge, this year's Night Ride is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. From Potter's Field Park, you'll be taking in iconic sights through the heart of the sleeping Capital before heading south on your journey into the sunrise. This Ride is for adults only, so you must be over 18 to participate.
What to Expect
The nighttime adventure begins at 10pm on Saturday 12 July 2014 from Potter's Field Park next to Tower Bridge and finishes on Madeira Drive, Brighton Beach. The ride is 60 miles on road with 1200 metres of climbing, so make sure you get training! The route will be clearly sign-posted and marshalled all the way. BHF will host three rest stops along the route where you can take a well-earned break and get refueled before carrying on.
You'll be given emergency numbers on the night in case you need any support or first aid and every rider will be emailed a link to view the route before hand. You'll also be given a small pocket map on the day which includes all the basic information about the route and the event.
Where we're going, we don't need roads! Whilst this isn't a race against time it's a race against your endurance with 75 miles of cycle paths, single track cycling and wild forest paths. Show those skinny wheeled road cyclists how it should be done and raise money for a fantastic charity at the same time.
There's still time to dust off your mountain bike and get involved, but be quick! Spaces are limited and this is a very popular event. You just need to be over 16 and sign up online using this registration form.
Dont worry if 'technical' riding (anything other than road cycling) isn't your thing, the challenge is about endurance rather than skill. One of the BHF staff that competed last year described it as "endurance riding with one killer hill and some tricky, fun down hills".
If you know someone who has completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride, chances are you've heard of the Ditchling Beacon. This hill is widely regarded as the hardest part of the ride, for good reason too. You meet this monster after having already completed 50 miles of the ride. If you're still feeling fresh you can join the small elite who have managed to cycle all the way up this 1 mile climb, which has an average grade exceeding 1 in 10. In fact many parts of the hill are even steeper than this, with the vast majority of riders hopping off their bikes and walking up.
If you're involved with the race start your fundraising today! Your entry fee covers the cost of putting on a safe and enjoyable event, so every pound you raise in sponsorship helps the BHF continue to fight against heart disease.
The easiest way to start is by setting up an online fundraising page. The BHF also have a section on advice and tips to get you fundraising.