Hit the Downs MTB

Take on the only off-road mountain biking charity event in Sussex.

Event details

Blaze the trails this summer and take on the most exhilarating climbs and swooping descents that the South Downs has to offer. With a fully signed route, refreshment stops and mechanical support. Our professionally organised mountain bike event has everything you need to cross the finish line safely and in style.

Routes and registration fees: 30km £35 | 60km £40 | 80km £45

Minimum sponsorship: £50

Location: Adur Recreation Ground, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
When: Sunday 17th July 2022 at 7:00am
Event type: Cycles
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Take part in our best-loved cycling event

Choose your distance and breeze across the South Downs all in aid of local children with life-shortening illnesses. Whether you’re taking part in memory of a loved one, getting a group of mates or work colleagues together for a bit of fun, or taking on a personal challenge, we want to see you on Sunday 17 July for a fantastic day out in the saddle.

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Information about the challenge

Route and registration fees: 30km £35 | 60km £40 | 80km £45

Minimum sponsorship: £50

Registration closes: Sunday 3 July 2022

Minimum age: Entrants must be 14 years and over. Any participant 16 or under must be accompanied by a guardian for the duration of the challenge. Children and Guardians must be on a ratio of 1:1.

What’s included in my registration fee?

  • Event fundraising pack
  • Chip timing results
  • Downloadable route files
  • Refreshment stops on route
  • Free, secure parking for the duration of your challenge
  • Full Event support – route signed, marshals, support riders, medics
  • Mechanical support at start, all rest stops and finish venue
  • Fundraising and training advice and support
  • Medal upon completion

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Route type: all routes are off road and are circular

Start and finish venue: Adur Recreational Ground, Shoreham by Sea

How long will it take? Between 3 and 8 hours depending what route you are choose.

What route files will be availale? We will provide GPX, TXC and KML formats.

When will the route files be available? Two to three weeks before the date of the event.

What bike should I take part on? We reccomend a mountain bike or gravel bike, Ebikes are also suitable, if you have suitable millage for the battery. You will be unable to take part on a road bike.

Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on the event only. Hit the Downs MTB is a fundraising event put on by us and in aid of local people who need our care. To help reach everyone who needs hospice care we ask everyone taking part to raise at least the minimum sponsorship of £50. You can only fundraise for us or our sister hospice – St Barnabas House, and every pound you raise will go directly to support local children, adults and their families.

Register with confidence with our COVID-19 promise.

While there are no government guidelines currently in place, the safety of all our riders, volunteers, staff, and suppliers are paramount. You are free to wear a mask if you so wish but it is not compulsory. Please respect others. There will be PPE available at registration and the rest stops.

Hit the Downs MTB lends itself to social distancing with all event activities such as registration, rest stops, and the challenge itself all outside. Once you set off you will naturally separate from other riders while on route.

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Contact us if you have any more questions, we’re here to help!

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How your hard-earned sponsorship could be used

£50

could give a child a magical hour in the multisensory room with a specially trained nurse

£100

means a nurse can visit a child in their own home – providing some respite and support for the family

£500

could give a child a 24-hour stay with us, exploring, relaxing and having fun

What’s included in my registration fee?

- Event fundraising pack
- Chip timing results
- Downloadable route files
- Refreshment stops on route
- Free, secure parking for the duration of your challenge
- Full Event support – route signed, marshals, support riders, medics
- Mechanical support at start, all rest stops and finish venue
- Fundraising and training advice and support
- Medal upon completion

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