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Hit the Downs MTB – epic new 80km route announced!

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Test your endurance this May and raise funds for local hospice care.

Are you looking for a challenge? Hit the Downs MTB is back with a brand-new cycle route for 2020. Now in its fourth year, the off-road charity cycling challenge is taking place on Sunday 3 May 2020, with riders raising money for 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.

Mark’s story – riding for St Barnabas House

Mark Tyler training for Hit the Downs 2019Mark Tyler, 55 from Upper Beeding, was the highest St Barnabas House Hit the Downs fundraiser at the event last May with a total of £2,150. He challenged himself to the 60km route in memory of his mother, Angela Tyler, who was cared for by the hospice and sadly passed away just a few weeks before the event.

Mark says, “It’s a proper cycling event, up there with the best of them. The course is a good test whatever distance you take on. The scenery is stunning and the terrain a mix of everything the beautiful South Downs have to offer, from river paths to open rolling fields with some tough climbs thrown in for good measure.

“Raising the money for St Barnabas was a small way to say thank you to them for the wonderful and compassionate way they helped and cared for mum and our family at the end of her life. I couldn’t do the job St Barnabas do but I can cycle, so it was my way of doing something positive in remembering my mum.”

Why not make 2020 your year to Hit the Downs. Visit www.hitthedowns.org.uk to register or find out more.