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Hit the Downs MTB

Sunday 3 May will see the return of Hit the Downs MTB, the annual off-road mountain bike event across the South Downs. You can choose from the cool 30km, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km or dare to take on the new epic 80km route!


Registration is now open!

Release your inner trail blazer and Hit the Downs this spring on Sunday 3 May 2020.

What can you expect?

  • Stunning route through the South Downs
  • Mighty climbs and exhilarating descents
  • Professional organised ride
  • Chip timing
  • Refreshments on route
  • Mechanical support at start and on route
  • Staggered start waves
  • Mechanical support
  • Free training rides with Marmalade MTB

Registration includes chip timing, refreshment stops and mechanical support on route along with souvenir medal and pre-event training rides.

The undulating course will test you with its multitude of tricky climbs and rapid downhill descents. Whether you choose to take on the cool 30km route, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km route or dare to take on the new epic 80km route you are guaranteed an exhilarating day in the saddle.

Visit our Information Hub for everything you need to know, from training advice to fundraising tips.

FREE Hit the Downs MTB Training Rides.

Marmalade MTB are back and are supporting Hit the Downs MTB 2020 by providing FREE training rides.

All training rides will have an 8.30am meet for a 9am start, meeting point is Shoreham by sea, exact location to be confirmed. Please see the below ride dates below;

Beginner rides with Sean (Suitable for 30km riders, if you are new to two wheels or have not taken on a ride of this calibre before).

  • 11 April 2020
  • 19 April 2020

Advanced rides with Jim (Suitable for 60km and 80km riders, if you are a seasoned cyclist and are just out of practise or need to up your endurance).

  • 5 April 2020
  • 19 April 2020

Only Hit the Downs MTB participants are eligible to take part and booking onto the training rides are on a first come first serve basis.

If you’d like to take part in the training rides please complete this enquiry form.

Route Map

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Whether you are a seasoned cyclist, new to two wheels, are a weekend warrior or are taking on a personal challenge we will provide everything you need to help see you through to the finish line!

Raise vital funds for your local children’s hospice whilst taking in some amazing views along the way.

Did you know, studies have shown that riding a bicycle everyday makes you more awesome than the general population?

Fancy a ride? What’s stopping you?

Registration closes on Monday 20 April 2020.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to the team about how you can Hit the Downs, don’t be a stranger and get in touch!

01903 706354 | events@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk