Hit the Downs MTB

The only charity off-road mountain bike event in Sussex... Fancy a ride?

Event details

Blaze the trails in summer 2022 and take on the best killer climbs and swooping descents that the South Downs has to offer. With a fully signed route, refreshment stops and mechanical support. This 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

Location: Adur Recreation Ground, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
When: Sunday 17th July 2022 at 7:00am
Register your interest

I love riding my bike!

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.

Your sponsorship

Your registration fee covers the cost of putting on the event only. To help reach everyone who needs hospice care we ask everyone taking part to raise what they can.

Every pound you raise will go directly to support local people cared for by St Barnabas House and their families.

We’re here to support you throughout your fundraising journey. Why not get in touch and see how we can help?

Hit the Downs MTB Facebook Group

Join the Hit the Downs MTB Facebook Group, just for you, our team of MTB heads! It is a great place to share your fundraising stories, kit and training tips. And you never know, you might even find a new ridding buddy!

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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!

- Carl Wright, Hit the Downs MTB 2021 rider

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 therapuetic support


means a patient can spend their last days at the hospice, surrounded by loved ones
Frequently asked questions
Find out more about Hit the Downs MTB

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

Registration closes: Sunday 3 July 2022

Minimum sponsorship: Although there is no set minimum sponsorship for this event we encourage all our riders to raise what they can.

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 are 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.

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.

Please do not attend Hit the Downs MTB if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or you or a member of your household has tested positive in the last 7 days. If you are in any doubt please test before arrival.

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.

Remember, Hand – Face – Space.

A full list of FAQs will be coming soon.

Contact us: 01903 245777 or events@stbh.org.uk