Two cyclists at Hit the downs 2020

Hit the Downs MTB

Blaze the trails this summer and take on the most exhilarating climbs and swooping descents that the South Downs has to offer.

Event details

Thank you to everyone who took part in Hit the Downs 2022 – you are all mountain biking superstars! Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see photos and the final fundraising total. You can view your chip times here.

Don’t worry if you missed out on Hit the Downs 2022 – we’ll see you in 2023 instead! Get in touch with the events team to register your interest today.

Location: Adur Recreation Ground, Shoreham-by-Sea
When: Sunday 17th July 2022 at 7:00am
Event type: Cycles
Hit the downs finisher

What an incredible day!

Thank you to all the riders who braved the heat and the climbs, all to raise money for hospice care.

Huge thanks as well to all our volunteers, Marmalade MTB for planning the route, STS Communication and South Sussex RAYNET for supporting on the radio communication, and R&S Timing for providing chip timing.

Pay in your sponsorship online

It's quick and easy to pay your sponsorship online - just enter in your amount here (by selecting 'OTHER') and click 'donate' to pay securely online.


Hit the Downs route 2022

All routes will begin at Adur Recreation Ground in Shoreham-by-Sea before taking you across stunning South Downs before returning to Shoreham-by-Sea. GPX, TXC and KML formats of the routes will be released Monday 11 July - please contact us if you have any questions.

Download the Hit the Downs route map
Frequently asked questions
Find out more about Hit the Downs MTB
  • 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

If you wish to register on the day, registration will cost £90. This includes all of the above, plus £50 minimum sponsorship for your chosen hospice.

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 choose.

What route files will be available? 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 recommend a mountain bike or gravel bike, E-bikes are also suitable, if you have suitable mileage 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 – Chestnut Tree House, and every pound you raise will go directly to support local adults, children and their families.

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.

You must bring your bike and helmet, both in good working order. A puncture repair kit and small tool kit is also advised. If you’d like more hints and tips at what to bring with you, from snacks to tools, visit our cycling hub information page.

Read our full FAQs document 

If you still have questions please do get in touch – we’re here to help!

The difference you make

These are some of the ways your sponsorship might be spent


is enough to give a patient a whole night of care at home, giving carers a night off


gives bereaved relatives the chance to get therapeutic support


means a patient can spend their last days at the hospice, surrounded by loved ones
St Barnabas House Hit the Downs MTB

What last year's riders have to say:

Tough ride but really enjoyed it! Very well organised and for such a good cause. We will be back again to shred the trails next year!

- One of our Hit the Downs MTB 2021 riders