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The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022
LondonLondon, England, United Kingdom
Sun 3rd July 2022
Starting at 06:00
Following an expertly planned route from Crystal Palace to the Brighton Seafront, you'll get the best of South England and make a phenomenal difference for Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust at a very hard time.
Our perfected route will take you through city, town and countryside and finally to the sea. It's a challenging ride with several hills sprinkled along the way, but we'll set you up for success with a training plan, plus ample support and signposts throughout the cycle.
We'll welcome you across that finish line with an official London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 medal and a sparkling celebration at the famous Brighton Seafront.
Now, it's time to kick back and enjoy the entertainment with your supporters and all the friends you've made along the way. From here, you’ll make your own way home, ready to take on your next challenge!
Minimum Sponsorship Target Commitment, £100CLOSED
Minimum Sponsorship Target Commitment, £100CLOSED
If you plan to drive, there are limited free parking spaces at the Sports Centre and two public car parks very nearby, plus limited street parking. Why not car share? It's better for the environment, leaves more room for your awesome fellow riders and will also give you a chance to get to know participants in your local area on the way to the event.
The start venue address is:
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Please visit the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre website for more details.
Parking at the finish
Our finish venue will be at Hove Lawns, a roomy lawn right just across the street from the beach. If you have supporters wanting to meet you and cheer you on as you cross our finish line in Brighton, they are more than welcome!
The address is:
Hove Lawns 1
South, Hove, BN3 2WW
We will be right next to King Alfred’s Car Park and there are several alternative nearby car parks you/your supports can choose from. Please note that spaces are limited and will incur a parking fee:
King Alfred’s Car Park (right next to Finish line):
Hove Street South
Hove BN3 2WW.
Norton Road Car Park (10 – 15 min walk from finish line):
Our London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 route is likely to be much the same as the brilliant route we cycled for the 2021 challenge.
Kicking off at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in South London, we'll avoid the bustle of the inner city and head south through small towns and countryside all the way to the spectacular Brighton Seafront! Please see the route GPS here.
The cycle will be all on-road and we'll keep to quieter roads wherever possible to avoid traffic. We'll also have three Feed Stations along the way, including lunch in East Grinstead. All three will include gluten-free and vegan options.
We'll send all participants a GPX file of the route in the days leading up to the event, but you won't need it, as there will be clear signposting throughout.
How fit do I need to be?
The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge isn't designed for Olympic athletes. It's designed for people from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for. Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) is a challenge, particularly as our route includes several tough hills. However, it's certainly achievable with a reasonable amount of training. A number of people who will take part in this exciting challenge will have a low fitness level when they sign up. Our event is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, whilst raising funds for three amazing charities. We will email you a realistic training plan as soon as you register for the event. This training plan builds up over time, to get you from couch to 100km, so you'll be raring to go by the time the cycle comes around.
How can I get back to London?
We'll have coaches and bicycle transportation from Brighton to our start venue at the end of the challenge at an additional cost of £35. We will send all participants details, including times and how to book your place, in the lead-up to the challenge. Brighton has fantastic public transport links but only a limited number of bikes will be allowed on board, so we strongly recommend you book a seat on our coach. We will have another vehicle to transport all passenger bikes securely back to London - so remember to pick it up when you alight! (Your bicycle transportation is included in your coach ticket cost).
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in this challenge, unless given permission by Dream Challenges. There is no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about this event is that people of all ages and from all cycles of life will come together to do something very special for a vital cause. 16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by Dream Challenges. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email [email protected] and we'll be happy to help.
What do I need?
You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential. We provide bike mechanics but do ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.
What type of bike should I use?
The cycle route is all on road – therefore we recommend using a road or hybrid bike. If you plan to use a mountain bike, we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge. You are also more than welcome to use an electric bike. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems.
Is there a bag drop?
Absolutely! We will have a secure bag drop at the start venue in Crystal Palace, where you can leave the things you won't need on the ride. Once all start waves have set off, we will transport the bags to the finish venue in Brighton for collection once you complete the cycle.
Will there be official event photos?
Yes, we are delighted to have the amazing professional photographers from Sports Action Photo supporting the London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022. You will be able to collect photos of yourselves and fellow riders on the Sports Action Photo website after the challenge.
Check-in opens at crystal palace
Join us from 6am for registration at our start venue in South London, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Located away from the buzz of Central London, this makes an ideal starting point for our challenge.
If you plan to drive, there are limited free parking spaces at the Sports Centre and two public car parks nearby. Why not car share? It's better for the environment and also leaves more room for your awesome fellow riders.
You and your supporters can fuel up before you arrive or buy some freshly made breakfast from the food vendor we'll have at the venue.
We'll also have a Registration point and bag drop, an Information Desk, Charity Stalls and loos, but please come in your cycling gear as there won't be changing facilities.
After a challenge briefing from our Route Director, Andy Cook Cycling (the genius behind Ride the Night and our London to Paris events), you'll be called to your start wave.
Listen out for our announcements as you will be called to your start wave. Each wave will be set off in groups at two-minute intervals.
Our start waves have a limited number of spaces and the earlier ones are likely to fill up super fast, so we recommend registering early to secure your preferred start time.
And the challenge begins! Our route is approx. 100km and will take you out of London, along quiet roads and up some tough hills in the countryside and along the coast, all the way to the famous Brighton Seafront. We'll send all participants a GPX file of the route in the days leading up to the event, but you won't need it, as there will be clear signposting throughout.
We'll have Feed Stations along the way; two shorter refreshment stops and a longer one for lunch at East Grinstead. Of course, there will be gluten-free and vegan options available at all three. Each Feed Station will also have first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities.
Our London to Brighton Cycle Challenge is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete the 100km route in about five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to ten hours.
The cut-off time is 6pm, but no one will be left behind, as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists.
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