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BHF London to Reading Bike Ride

Bike 40mi
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Hop on your bike and test yourself with the 40 mile London - Reading cycle. Perfect for those looking to break into the sport and experience cyclists alike, the route begins in London's outskirts before winding through the countryside toward Reading. Come for the great cause or for a new challenge.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Alan F
"Poorly signed on long long sections of straight... you didnt know whether you..."


Kerry S
"A totally amazing experience, a lot of effort and hard work has obviously gone..."
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How to enter the BHF London to Reading Bike Ride

  1. 40 miles

    Bike 40mi
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BHF London to Reading Bike Ride route

The course begins on the perimeter of London, along wide and quiet rural roads which wind through the tranquil towns and village of the Thames Valley. Along the way cyclist will behold the epic views of Virginia Water and Henley-on-Thames. Once through the scenic countryside you will be on the home straight toward Reading.

The route is generally quite flat, however it should not be underestimated. Approximately 5 miles from the finish line there is a significant climb called Chalk Hill. Once up it, that finish line is within reach.

This event is not a race, rather a challenge. Be sure to take in the great views throughout and stop at the various refreshment points along the way.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Signed and marshalled course
  • Refreshment and water stations throughout
  • Complimentary post-race massage by Athletes Angels
  • Downloadable map
  • Downloadable GPX file
  • Pre-race training plans
  • Advice on fundraising
  • Medical support
  • Bike mechanic support
  • Finisher's medal
Raceday Logistics


0700: Registration opens

0730 - 1000: Rolling start time

0945: Registration shuts

1600: Final cut-off for finisher's

This event does not have a specific start-time. Participants can start any time between 0730 and 1000. Before you begin, you will be given a short safety briefing.

Kit List
  • Bicycle in good working order
  • Helmets are mandatory

Supporters are crucial to creating a great race day atmosphere and there a number of vantage points for fans to cheer along the cyclists.

The best vantage points are at the start and finish areas and at Henley-on-Thames.


BHF are always on the lookout for an extra pair of hands to help with their events. Roles often include: medal distribution, cheer squad, route marshalling, refreshment stations, and ad-hoc duties.

In return, volunteers will be given the kit required to become a BHF ambassador and enjoy a fantastic day out while contributing to a great cause.

If you would like to find out more then simply follow the link here:

Frequently Asked Questions

How many refreshment stations are there?
In total, there will be 4 stations along the way. All of which will have free water and further details can be found below: CH 1: Hot drinks for sale and complimentary snacks CH 2: Complimentary snacks CH 3: On-site caterer with food for sale CH 4: Complimentary snacks These will be cash-only.
What is the fundraising target?
BHF are asking each entrant to strive to raise at least £100.00. They appreciate this is a sizeable commitment and will offer extensive pre-race fundraising advice, if required. Simply get in touch with: [email protected]
Does the fundraising target need to be reach pre-event?
You will have approximately 6 weeks after the conclusion of the event to raise the final sum. BHF suggest a post-race selfie with your medal as a great way of generating some last minute donations.
Is there an age limit?
Cyclists must be at least 14 years old on the day of the event to take part.

BHF London to Reading Bike Ride weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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BHF London to Reading Bike Ride reviews (2)

4.2 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 40 miles in 2019

    Poorly signed on long long sections of straight... you didnt know whether you should of turned or just kept going
  • Did the 40 miles in 2019

    A totally amazing experience, a lot of effort and hard work has obviously gone into making this event happen.
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