- London to Brighton -Offroad
Did it last year and am entered again.
It’s quite easy, you just need to do some long rides to adjust to being in the saddle for a few hours.
Last year I did quite a few longer rides running up to the event, topping out at 50 miles about 2 weeks before which was more than enough. I did most of my longer rides on the road on an MTB with fast rolling tyres. There’s a couple of hilly bits, but they dont last long, and as has been said a big percentage of it is the downs link, so gravely old railway line.
If you’re of good allround fitness and can squeeze a couple of long rides in beforehand, you’ll be fine.Posted 4 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
I helped sweep the route the other year. With the possible exception of the Downs Link (which is easy but a bit monotonous) it’s lots of fun.
There’s a write-up with a few pictures here:
Despite what the bloke above is saying, it’s got some tough bits. The last off-road climb from Upper Beeding is fairly brutal. Overall though it’s pitched at riders of moderate ability. In the past they’ve organised some pretty savage rides (100 miles round Exmoor was one, I think) and the dropout rate shot up to the point where it wasn’t worth running.Posted 4 years agocovertbazMember
Looking forward to it, and will defiantely be attempting to get some longer time in the saddle as a build up
Should any of you also going want to meet up on the day and ride together, for the pub stops and some general comaradery then let me know and sure we can organise somethingPosted 4 years agostimpySubscriber
It’s not timed – it’s a charity bike ride. You should be getting loaded up on sponsorship for the BHF.
You get water en route if you’re quick enough to get through the check points before they run out of water.
There’s no food provided at all.
There are definitely no transponders for time recording. There is no mechanism for time recording at all unless you bring your own (GPS or cycle computer).
Rigid with CX tyres will be fine, even if it rains, unless the rain is fairly heavy. Some sections will get quite muddy if it rains heavily.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t suppose anyone on here strava’d their ride last year? I’m organising an informal ride from Kingston there with work for charity next month and we need to find our way without the signposts that BHF put up. A strava map would be excellent as I could streetview sections to find bridleway turnoffs etc.Posted 4 years agoGDRSSubscriber
I’ve done this three times in the past with my wife and various friends who do and don’t cycle much.
The tricky climb onto the north downs ridge has been levelled with gravel and The long drag is a drag on the old railway line so it not that technical – the distance is what catches some people out.
I would take a HT, have loads of pressure in the tyres – which you can let down for the final drop in the Shoreham, Take food, think about the trip back on the train to London if that’s your thing (faff /food/ water / lights if it takes you longer than you think, as there is some urban riding to negotiate at the end, or on the way home from the station).
And finally – don’t race people, as there are going to be people doing this for a real life challenge, and the distance gets to everyone who kicks on at pace at the start. As has been mentioned the climb on to the south downs then up to the YHA is mean if you are low on juice.
Enjoy – it’s a great day out. Go Raise money.Posted 4 years ago
Did this yesterday as a non-official work charity raising exercise for Macmillan. We rode from Kingston, so missed the first few miles of the BHF route. I did it on a ss cx bike which was great. I took 8 people from work with varying levels of bike experience – all being quite inexperienced off-roaders.
They were a little narked off with the ride by the time we got to the end of the downs link – the off road sections through winterfold were “terrifying” and it was exhausting.
Unfortunately, I then turned the wrong way onto the SDW at the top of the hill at Beeding and took everyone on an unnecessary collection of steep climbs all the way up to Devils Dyke, which destroyed them.
They are refusing to do another ride that I organise now. Although we did raise over a grand for Macmillan, which was nice.
However, following the official route with water supplies and signposts should be a synch. Enjoy yourselves, and do watch out for the Beeding climb – it will hurt.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I then turned the wrong way onto the SDW at the top of the hill at Beeding and took everyone on an unnecessary collection of steep climbs all the way up to Devils Dyke, which destroyed them.
oops. There is a quite a few corkers on that section for the inexperienced.
Glad they all made it and the run down from the Dyke into Brighton is pretty good 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I actually really enjoyed the whole ride. I’ve really enjoyed mile munching on my cx bike this summer, and starting in a relatively built up area, following the Thames, going out under the M25 and pootling down little country lanes and bridleways before ending up at the coast for fish and chips is the kind of ride that makes owning a bike worth it. Doing it in crowds of other riders would probably make it a little less fun. I also would not enjoy it on a mountain bike.
The Downs Link is pretty mind numbing, but at that point in a long ride its good to get your head down and just munch through 20 odd miles.
I’m planning to do London to Brighton and back next spring when we have the next prolonged dry spell. 🙁Posted 4 years agocironMember
I’ve done that route several times before but carrying bivvy kit.
We tend to have dinner in a pub before really getting up to the SDW, then head west until it gets dark. Finish off the ride the next day with the 40 odd miles to Eastbourne. It works out at around 110 miles, maybe a touch more, from Richmond to Eastbourne.Posted 4 years agoandymc06Member
I’m signed up with my brother and a mate. Been very busy at work so haven’t done much riding at all for a few weeks. Will be doing it on a hardtail with ralphs on. A day in the Surrey Hills tomorrow marks the start of my training with two and a bit weeks to go!!! It’ll be reet! 😀Posted 4 years agoPaineyMember
Stumpy, why not just turn up and give them a decent contribution into their bucket?
I’m doing the ride on my 150mm FS trail bike. Not ideal but I’ve fitted a race king tyre for the rear which helps a bit. Apart from that and maybe some extra air in the rear shock the bike will be standard. I did 60 miles on it a couple of weeks ago without too many problems.
The climb out of Upper Beeding is a tough one and I’ll be happy to not put a foot down. The Downs Link path drags on seemingly forever.Posted 4 years ago
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