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Hit the Downs MTB returns – with an epic new 80km route!

Thursday 27 May 2021

Mark Tyler with his mother Angela Tyler

Hit the Downs MTB is back with a brand-new cycle route for 2021. After being postponed last year due to COVID-19, the off-road charity cycling challenge is now set to take place on Sunday 11 July 2021, with riders raising money for Worthing-based adults’ hospice, 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 Tyler

Mark’s story – riding for St Barnabas House

Mark Tyler from Upper Beeding, was the highest St Barnabas House Hit the Downs fundraiser at the 2019 event 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 Tyler

Mark said: “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.”

Hit the Downs MTB 2021 is protected by the hospices’ COVID-19 promise, meaning that you can register with confidence and know that your safety is paramount. Find out more about the event and sign up at: www.hitthedowns.org.uk