London to Brighton Cycle

Bike 55mi

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On of the biggest and most epic bike trip's in the UK. Start off in the capital and head down on a wonderful 55mile journey to the the beautiful seafront of Brighton. A journey that all levels of riders can experience and as you are provided with everything you need just enjoy this must do event.

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Sam B
"This is a really great ride and a classic for London based cyclists. Totally..."
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  1. London to Brighton Cycle

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London to Brighton Cycle route


The Do it for Charity London to Brighton Cycle Ride covers 55 miles from south London to Madeira Drive on the Brighton seafront.

Once we are out of London we predominantly cycle along quiet country lanes passing through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath before taking on the challenge that is Ditchling Beacon – a mile long climb to the top of the South Downs where you will be rewarded with amazing views and a water break!

From here you will cycle downhill the last few miles onto Brighton seafront.

The route will finish at the Brighton Seafront on Madeira Drive, close to the Marina.

No need to be looking at a map – our route is fully sign-posted so that you can keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the wonderful surrounding countryside!

There will be water stops located frequently along the route, at mile 10, mile 17, at the lunch point at mile 30 and the top of the infamous Ditchling Beacon at mile 45.

If you are confident you’ll make the distance but you’re not so sure about your bike don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Our highly experienced mechanics will be based at all rest stops along the route and you’ll also be given the phone number of our mobile mechanics should you need them.

Event details

  • Hilly
  • Finisher’s medal
  • 4000 participants

From the organizer

Leave the buzz of the city behind you as you face the challenge of a 54 mile journey on two wheels on the iconic London to Brighton Cycle. You will start from Clapham Common, travelling through idyllic country lanes as you ride through Mitcham, picturesque Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally finish on the colourful and bustling Brighton seafront. The spirit of the event is 'taking part' not 'winning' so you can go as fast or as slow as you like.

This fantastic challenge is perfect for solo cyclists, groups and all levels of riders the event is complete with free buffet lunch, plenty of water stops, roaming mechanical support en route and an incredible atmosphere of positivity and challenge.

The London to Brighton Cycle Ride is organised by Skyline Events. For the last 26 years, Skyline has become one of the UKs largest organisers of charity fundraising events, working with over 3000 charities and raising in excess of 100m.

What’s Included
  • The fully signed route
  • Your race number
  • Lunch
  • Mechanical support throughout
  • Finishers Medal
Raceday Logistics


The ride starts at Clapham Common South side. You'll be able to start any time between 06:30 to 09:00.


This takes place at 30 miles and is one the most popular features of the event! You can eat as much as you like from our delicious pastas to our ever popular Carrot Cake as well as veggie, vegan and gluten free options available for those who need it.

Transport for both yourself (by coach) and your bike (bubble wrapped in a van) is optionally available for £35. You will be able to book this after you have registered your place for the ride, so simply click the button below to get started!

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Kit List

We recommend you ride a recently serviced bike when you take part in the event, and it is compulsory to wear a helmet. Bring a bag if you want, but bear in mind this can become tiring after lots of riding, so consider using bike panniers instead if you absolutely need to.


We encourage spectators, so please do bring supporters along. There's lots on offer at the finish line for spectators to do whilst they await your arrival.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be?
The London to Brighton Cycle Ride is challenging but achievable. In order to maximise your enjoyment you do need to train and get out on your bike before the ride!
Will there be mechanics on route?
Friendly mechanics at the water stops, lunch stop and roaming along the route to help out with any difficulties you have during the ride. Please bring a puncture repair kit with you and any spare parts you think you may need to ensure as smooth a ride as possible.
Are there toilets on route?
There will be portable toilets at the water stops, lunch stop, and at the finish in Brighton.
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London to Brighton Cycle weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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London to Brighton Cycle reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Challenging course

  • Did the London to Brighton Cycle in 2017

    This is a really great ride and a classic for London based cyclists. Totally accessible for anyone but still fun for people who want to bomb it. Definitely an excellent way to spend a weekend