Hit the Downs MTB

Get ready for the ride of your life with the only charity off-road mountain bike event in Sussex

Event details

Blaze the trails this summer and take on the most exhilarating climbs and swooping descents that the South Downs has to offer. With a fully signed route, refreshment stops and mechanical support. Our professionally organised mountain bike event has everything you need to cross the finish line safely and in style.

Routes and registration fees: 30km £35 | 60km £40 | 80km £45

Minimum sponsorship: £50

Location: Adur Recreation Ground, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
When: Sunday 17th July 2022 at 7:00am
Event type: Cycles
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Sign up today for this amazing mountain biking event right on your doorstep across the beautiful South Downs. Whether you’re taking part in memory of a loved one, getting a group of mates or work colleagues together for a bit of fun, or taking on a personal challenge, we want to see you on Sunday 17 July for a fantastic day out in the saddle.

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Frequently asked questions
Find out more about Hit the Downs MTB

Register here for 2022

Route and registration fees: 30km £35 | 60km £40 | 80km £45

Minimum sponsorship: £50

Registration closes: Sunday 3 July 2022

Minimum age: 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.

Whats included in my registration fee?

  • 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

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.

Register with confidence with the St Barnabas House COVID-19 Promise.

While there are no government guidelines currently in place, the safety of all our riders, volunteers, staff, and suppliers are paramount. You are free to wear a mask if you so wish but it is not compulsory. Please respect others. There will be PPE available at registration and the rest stops.

Hit the Downs MTB lends itself to social distancing with all event activities such as registration, rest stops, and the challenge itself all outside. Once you set off you will naturally separate from other riders while on route.

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

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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

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