Around The Living Coast Bike Rides 2018

Share this page

LATEST: Online bookings have now now closed. It will still be possible to register on Sunday at the Preston Park Velodrome.  We will be there between 7.00am and 6.45pm to take your registration for the Around the World Cycle Challenge or (until 9.45am) the Living Coast Rides.

About The Living Coast

The Around The Living Coast Bike Rides take place on Sunday 1 July 2018.

Take a ride on the wild side by exploring the downs, towns and coast of the The Living Coast – the world-class environment on our doorstep that is recognised by UNESCO as a ‘World Biosphere Region’.

The mission here is to connect people and nature and so inspire a positive future that benefits us all.

We work to do this by:

  • conserving and enhancing nature
  • sustainably developing our society and economy
  • promoting environmental knowledge, learning and awareness

Two exciting routes are on offer: The Classic at 58 miles and The Devil’s Dyke Loop at 30 miles. Both routes take cyclists through some of the finest scenery in the British Isles:

The route of the Classic ride (58 miles) is very similar to last year’s Brighton Mayor’s ride.

It is slightly longer due to starting and finishing in Preston Park and a few other minor tweaks we’ve had to make.

The Classic ride is a long circular ride (similar to the London to Brighton distance) and roughly follows the boundary of The Living Coast (a UNESCO World Biosphere Region).

It gives riders a chance to experience all the various elements of The Living Coast, from the salty air and chalk cliffs, to the green hills of the South Downs National Park, the quieter country lanes of the Low Weald and the many settlements along the way.

It visits Woods Mill, the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and home of the Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre, and passes through the Adur and the Ouse Valleys.


New for 2018, we’ve created a 30 mile ride, The Devil’s Dyke Loop, for those less confident of managing 58 miles.

This heads over to Hangleton to take the Dyke Trail up to Devil’s Dyke before going down to Poynings and Fulking and joining the longer Classic ride near Woodmancote.

Both rides are suitable for all bike types (road / hybrid / mountain) although mountain bikes will require a bit more effort due to the fatter tyres. The rides are mostly on road apart from when the Classic ride uses the seafront cycle lane and Undercliff Walk, while the Devil’s Dyke Loop uses the Dyke Trail. Both rides use a short section of the Downs Link in Shoreham. All off-road sections are on tarmac or concrete.

Most reasonably fit adults should be able to manage either of the rides with a bit of practice beforehand. If you’ve not done much cycling before, you can get some tips for beginners from Cycling UK. More experienced riders can find plenty of tips online for training regimes.

The Living Coast was designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Region in 2014.

A Bonus For the Brave!

After either of the Around The Living Coast rides, participants can also join BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge at the Preston Park Velodrome for no extra cost!

Facilities and support on route

All routes (which are available electronically) will be fully signed, with marshals at key locations to provide support if needed.

In addition, there is mobile First Aid and mechanical support around the routes and if you or your bike run into trouble that can’t be fixed we will get you to the finish or drop you off at a place from which you can safely make your own way home.

All riders are provided with a helpline number should they get lost or run into trouble.

This year there is an extra waterstop on the Classic route, which has waterstops in Rodmell, Wivelsfield Green and at Woods Mill. The Devil’s Dyke Loop has just the one stop at Woods Mill.

Free food and water will be provided to help riders refuel in these locations where there are also toilet facilities.

Ride start point

Your start point will be Preston Park Velodrome, which is located in the north east corner of Preston Park and can be accessed from Preston Drove or Preston Park Avenue.

There are cycling lanes leading to the park from the city centre. Parking areas can be found at the north and south of the park, however please be aware that parking restrictions are enforced on Sundays. The number 5 & 5A bus routes stop at Preston Park.

BHT flags will be positioned at the entrance of the velodrome. Follow signs to the registration point to check-in.

Registration Sign-in

Sign in and pick up your rider number at the Velodrome from 7.30am.

The Classic ride sets off between 8am and 9am and the Devil’s Dyke Loop ride sets off between 9am and 10am.

Facilities at the Velodrome

Throughout the event the following facilities will be available:

  • first aid point
  • bicycle station for minor repairs
  • refreshments for participants and spectators to purchase
  • toilets
  • free water: please bring your own bottle

Click here for details about the family-friendly entertainment that will be taking place at the Velodrome throughout the day

Raising Money for BHT’s First Base Day Centre

While this challenge is all about having fun, there is a serious cause behind it.

BHT relies on donations to provide vital services, and every contribution makes a difference.  This event is being held to raise money for First Base Day Centre which provides services to men and women sleeping rough in Brighton and Hove.

We hope that you choose to raise money for First Base, but if you would prefer to raise money for a different charity the easiest way to do this is through Justgiving where there are a large selection of charities to choose from (details below).

Suggested sponsorship:

Adults: £100 Children: £50

Please use the above suggested sponsorship as a guide. While it would be fantastic if every participant raised this much, every penny counts, and we are extremely grateful for all money raised.


Setting up a JustGiving page can be a great way to raise money and track your sponsorship.

You can do this by:

  1. Visiting to register
  2. Go to (or select a charity of your choice)
  3. If you’re fundraising for BHT click on Fundraise for us, then select the Organised event option
  4. Search for the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge event and select it
  5. Click on Create your page. This takes you to your brand new fundraising page. This is your opportunity to upload a personalised photo, set your fundraising target and tell your story.


  • make sure you update your fundraising page with your offline donations too, as donors will like to see all the money you have raised so far
  • share your JustGiving page on your Facebook page and other social media accounts
  • email your JustGiving page to all of your contacts with a personal message asking for support (you may be surprised who responds!)
  • don’t forget to thank your donors who donate to you online

Alternatively, you can print the BHT Sponsorship Form to your right and complete your sponsors’ details by hand>>

Simply bring the money that you raise along with you at the event on Sunday 1 July 2018, or send a cheque to:

Jo Berry, Head of Fundraising, Marketing & PR, BHT, 144 London Road, Brighton BN1 4PH.

Please mark your cheque with the reference: Cycle Challenge

Event Contact

To keep up-to-date with all the news and information about this event:

  • Follow us on Twitter (@BHT_Sussex / #BHTCycleChallenge)
  • Join the Facebook event ‘BHT Cycle Around the World 2018’

Send this to a friend