Thinking about getting on your bike and taking part in the South’s most iconic bike ride? Here you can find all the information you need for the famous London to Brighton Cycle Ride.

What is the London to Brighton cycle ride? 

The London to Brighton Cycle Ride has taken place every year since 1976 (apart from 2021 due to Coronavirus). Starting at Clapham Common and ending on Brighton’s beautiful seafront, thousands of riders from across the country pedal along a 55-mile (85km) route. 

The route will take riders soaring across glorious countryside and climbing up the hilly South Downs. The ride provides a great challenge for seasoned cyclists and beginners alike and provides a fantastic opportunity for fundraisers to raise money for charity. 

Fun fact: Did you know the route started as a car rally before Robert Stredder and his partner created a bike version.

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London to Brighton Cycle Ride – The Basics

When is the London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2024 happening? 

The next London to Brighton Cycle Ride is taking place on Sunday 15 September 2024.

Where does the London to Brighton cycle ride start and finish? 

The cycle ride begins at Clapham Common in London and ends at Madeira Drive on Brighton’s seafront, a 500m walk from the Pier.

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What is the registration fee?

The cost to register for the event is £55.

When does the Cycle Ride start? 

The cycling event starts on 15 September 2024 at 06:00. There will be staggered start times between 06:00 and 10:30. You will be emailed your start time a few weeks before the event.

What is the distance? 

The route for the London to Brighton Cycle Ride is 55 miles.

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What is the route?

The ride will start on Clapham Common. Cyclists will then travel through south London towards Surrey. The route will take riders through West and East Sussex to the finish line in Brighton on Madeira Drive. The ride is completely road-based, so no need to worry about cycling off-road. You can take a look at the route ahead of time, but it will also be fully sign-posted throughout the ride.

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Who can participate?

Anyone aged 16 and over can participate in this cycling challenge. If you’re under 18, you will need a letter of parental consent. Please contact us for a consent form, or simply send a letter of consent signed by a parent or guardian to our team.

It doesn’t matter what level of cycling experience you have. From cycling first-timers to pedaling pros, this ride is for everyone. Training guides are available so you can prepare ahead of time.

London to Brighton is a perfect teambuilding opportunity for corporate groups or for teams of friends and family members. By purchasing five of our charity places you can get one more for free. So, get your team together and get ready for an unforgettable day.

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Will there be mechanical support if I need it?

Yes, there will be experienced mechanics stationed at each rest stop and they will also be roaming along the route too. You’ll be able to request help, should you need it, wherever you are on the ride. It is strongly advised that your bike is serviced ahead of the cycle ride.

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How do I get my colleagues, family and friends to support me? 

To meet your fundraising target, first you need to get the word out there. Tell work colleagues, family and friends that you’ll be doing the London to Brighton Cycle Ride for charity this year and ask for any donations they can spare. It’s a good idea to set up an online donation page to easily collect your funds in one place. Here's a helpful guide we've created to help you set up your own Just Giving page. You could add a link to this page to your email signature to spread the word even more.

By choosing to fundraise for us, you'll be supplied with a useful fundraising advice pack available to download. We’re also on hand if you have any further questions. You can find contact information on our London to Brighton event page.

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Why cycle for Help for Heroes? 

By taking on this extraordinary challenge and fundraising for us, you are making a positive difference to the lives of the Armed Forces community. The money you raise will enable us to provide physical and mental health support for veterans and their families. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get pedalling!

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How do I register for the London to Brighton cycle ride?

You can register for the London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2024 on our specific London to Brighton event page. Here you can get information about the event and find out more about registration.