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Are you an avid cyclist? Do you want a challenge? Well, why not Hit the Downs this May!

Thursday 5 March 2020

Are you an avid cyclist? Do you want a challenge? Well, why not Hit the Downs this May for your local children’s hospice!

With places filling up fast, cyclists are running out of time urged to sign up now for this year’s off-road cycling challenge, Hit the Downs MTB. Taking place on Sunday 3 May 2020 from Adur Recreational Ground in ShorehamIMG_3315-by-Sea, the event will raise money for local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

Classic mountain bike territory, the South Downs Way is popular year-round, but this spring, Hit the Downs MTB will challenge people of all cycling abilities, as they can choose from a cool 30km route, a 60km ride, or dare to take on the epic new 80km distance!

One of the first people to sign up to take part in Hit the Downs MTB was Russell Mead from Bognor Regis. Russell is no stranger to hitting the hills on two wheels, as he cycles regularly and took part in Hit the Downs MTB in 2018.

“I completed the 40km route two years ago and it was amazing. It was a beautiful sunny day and the views IMG_1372

were stunning”, says Russell. “It was a challenge as it was further than I usually cycle, but the crowds really cheered me on and kept me going. It was so lovely to have that support”.

This year Russell has decided to take on a challenge and signed up for the 60km route, “I’m a bit nervous about the longer route, but I know that the enthusiasm and buzz of the crowds will keep me going!”.

With the cycling event only a couple of months away, Russell’s training is well underway. “I havPhoto 13-07-2017, 08 53 28e been going to the gym to train because the weather has been so bad. If I go up the downs in this weather, I will just get super muddy! It’s great to have the date in and an incentive to get fitter”.

Russell has chosen to take on the challenge whilst raising funds for his local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. “I am an avid cyclist and my regular route goes past the hospice. It’s very picturesque, surrounded by woods; it’s just a lovely environment”.

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“If you’re thinking about taking part in Hit the Downs, then please sign up! Even if you aren’t a keen or 

regular cyclist, you can take on the shorter route. There is something for everyone. It’s a great cause, and you get to make amazing memories whilst doing it. Just do it!”.

If you want to take on a challenge, then why not register for Hit the Downs?

For making memories. For local families. For the Now.