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Hit the Downs MTB returns – with an epic new 80km route!

Thursday 27 May 2021

Hit the Downs MTB is back with a brand-new cycle route for 2021. After being postponed last year due to COVID-19, the off-road charity cycling challenge is now set to take place on Sunday 11 July 2021, with riders raising money for Worthing-based adults’ hospice, St Barnabas House, or local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

The stunning South Downs course will test riders with its multitude of climbs and rapid downhill descents. Participants will set off from Adur Recreational Ground in Shoreham-by-Sea and can choose from a cool 30km route, challenge themselves to the 60km ride, or dare to take on the epic new 80km distance.

Steve and Dan TorricelliSteve’s story – riding for Chestnut Tree House

Steve Torricelli from Worthing, cycled the 30km route in 2019 with his son, Dan. “It was an amazing challenge for us to do together”, Steve said. “We offered each other support along the way and we made some cracking memories together”.

The pair chose to take on the challenge for Chestnut Tree House to say thank you for the care

Steve and Dan Torricelli

and support they have received as a family, and to give something back to the charity which is predominately donor funded.

Steve’s daughter, Becca, now in her early 20s, was one of the first children to receive care from the children’s hospice when it first opened its doors in 2003, and Steve is clear that the support she received over the years has helped to make her the strong young woman that she is today.

Becca has spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that affects 1 in 8,000 people. Her condition impacts her mobility, swallowing and respiratory system and she has always been in a wheelchair.

“Hit the Downs was amazing, in part due to all of the volunteers who helped out on the day. It was very well organised, we really enjoyed the route, and it was impressive from the start to finish line. If you’re thinking about taking on the challenge this year, just make sure you train hard – cycling off-road is harder than I thought!”.

Hit the Downs MTB 2021 is protected by the hospices’ COVID-19 promise, meaning that you can register with confidence and know that your safety is paramount. Find out more about the event and sign up at: www.hitthedowns.org.uk