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Registration open for Hit the Downs MTB off-road cycling challenge

Thursday 17 January 2019

Blaze the trail and raise vital funds for local hospice care

Hit the Downs MTB is back with a brand new venue and cycle routes for 2019. Now in its third year, the off-road charity cycling challenge is taking place on Sunday 12 May 2019, with cyclists raising money for Worthing-based adults’ hospice, St Barnabas House, or local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

Open to experienced and new cyclists alike, participants can choose from a cool 30km route – suitable for all abilities with some training – or a more challenging 60km course for experienced riders. Both routes will set off from Adur Recreational Ground in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Lucy Brady, Events & Campaigns Fundraiser for St Barnabas House said:

“The routes through the South Downs National Park are stunning and cyclists can expect some mighty climbs and exhilarating descents.

“If you’re relatively new to two wheels, we’re offering free training rides in the build up to the event. On the day, there will be staggered start waves, chip timing and refreshments along the route.

“At last year’s event there were over 450 riders, who came from across Sussex and further afield, and together they raised an incredible £70,000 for both hospices.”

Patrick Berrera, age 50, from Worthing, has already registered to do the 60km route in support of St Barnabas House, a charity close to his heart.

Patrick Berrera is taking part in Hit the Downs 2019 and raising money for St Barnabas House hospice
Patrick Berrera training for 60km Hit the Downs route

Patrick said: “I’ve seen a number of close friends, who have unfortunately left us far too early in life, as well as family friends, see out their last days in the hospice. The people and facilities at St Barnabas are amazing and make such a huge difference at such a critical time.”

Tough” and “challenging” were common words used to describe Hit the Downs MTB 2017, but riders also said it was “a really fun experience” and “a great way to do anything for a good cause.”

Registration for Hit the Downs MTB is just £35 per person and closes on 29 April 2019. Sign up to ride for either hospice at www.hitthedowns.org.uk or by calling the Events Team on 01903 706354.