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The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

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3 July 2022 On Sale
Duration 1 day

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Registration fee (payable today) Info £45
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The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022

Rider's unite! The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge is back for 2022 and you can bet that it'll be even bigger than ever.

Join us for a spectacular 100km bike ride from London to Brighton. Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and this is our chance to come together and show strength against it.

Following an expertly planned route from Crystal Palace to the Brighton Seafront, you'll get the best of South England and make a phenomenal difference for Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust at a very hard time.

Our perfected route will take you through city, town and countryside and finally to the sea. It's a challenging ride with several hills sprinkled along the way, but we'll set you up for success with a training plan, plus ample support and signposts throughout the cycle.

We'll welcome you across that finish line with an official London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 medal and a sparkling celebration at the famous Brighton Seafront.

Now, it's time to kick back and enjoy the entertainment with your supporters and all the friends you've made along the way. From here, you’ll make your own way home, ready to take on your next challenge!

We are stronger together.

As you know, most of our Women V Cancer challenges are women-only, but our spectacular London to Brighton Cycle Challenge welcomes everyone!

After all, breast cancer is non-discriminatory, and ovarian and cervical cancers have a huge impact on the families and friends of the women it affects. So let’s unite and cycle against it!

Places are limited in each start wave, so please register early to secure your place in your preferred wave.

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Your itinerary

From 6am
Check-in opens at Crystal Palace

Join us from 6am for registration at our start venue in South London, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Located away from the buzz of Central London, this makes an ideal starting point for our challenge.

If you plan to drive, there are limited free parking spaces at the Sports Centre and two public car parks nearby. Why not car share? It's better for the environment and also leaves more room for your awesome fellow riders. 

You and your supporters can fuel up before you arrive or buy some freshly made breakfast from the food vendor we'll have at the venue.

We'll also have a Registration point and bag drop, an Information Desk, Charity Stalls and loos, but please come in your cycling gear as there won't be changing facilities.

After a challenge briefing from our Route Director, Andy Cook Cycling (the genius behind Ride the Night and our London to Paris events), you'll be called to your start wave.

From 7am
Staggered Starts

Listen out for our announcements as you will be called to your start wave. Each wave will be set off in groups at two-minute intervals.

Our start waves have a limited number of spaces and the earlier ones are likely to fill up super fast, so we recommend registering early to secure your preferred start time.

And the challenge begins! Our route is approx. 100km and will take you out of London, along quiet roads and up some tough hills in the countryside and along the coast, all the way to the famous Brighton Seafront. We'll send all participants a GPX file of the route in the days leading up to the event, but you won't need it, as there will be clear signposting throughout.

We'll have Feed Stations along the way; two shorter refreshment stops and a longer one for lunch at East Grinstead. Of course, there will be gluten-free and vegan options available at all three. Each Feed Station will also have first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities.

Our London to Brighton Cycle Challenge is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete the 100km route in about five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to ten hours.

The cut-off time is 6pm, but no one will be left behind, as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

The more money raised by participants on the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that will directly support those affected by women's cancers!

£100

minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £45 which is used to cover the administrative costs and secure your place on the event.
  • We ask you to raise a minimum of £100 for the Women V Cancer charities.
  • Please ensure you fundraise/donate at least £25 (per person) towards your target by 3rd June 2022 in order to be confirmed on the event.
  • There is no deadline for the remaining £75, but we encourage you to try and hit the target by the event date.
  • The more money you raise on this challenge, the higher the percentage of that money will go directly towards the charities – and the bigger impact you will make in our mission against cancer.
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FAQs
The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022

The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge isn't designed for Olympic athletes. It's designed for people from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for.

Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) is a challenge, particularly as our route includes several tough hills. However, it's certainly achievable with a reasonable amount of training.

A number of people who will take part in this exciting challenge will have a low fitness level when they sign up. Our event is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, whilst raising funds for three amazing charities.

We will email you a realistic training plan as soon as you register for the event. This training plan builds up over time, to get you from couch to 100km, so you'll be raring to go by the time the cycle comes around.

Can't wait? Click here to see the London to Brighton Cycle Challenge Training Plan.

We ask you to raise a minimum of £100 each for Women V Cancer and to pay in £25 of this at least one month before the event to show your commitment to the fundraising part of the challenge.

You will then have up until the big day on Sunday 3rd July, to reach your £100 target. If you don't reach it in time, please don't worry. Your fundraising page will remain live until three months after the event, so you can continue to fundraise once you've conquered the ride.

All the funds you raise on your London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 participant fundraising page will go directly to Women V Cancer, so you don't need to do anything else.

If you collect any offline donations, please send them in within a couple of months after you complete the challenge. Please note that cheques can expire, so we encourage you to send them in sooner rather than later.

Please click here to download your Women V Cancer London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 Sponsorship Form.

The fundraising target is not obligatory, so you can, of course, still take part in the challenge, as long as you fundraise/donate at least £25 (per person) by 3rd June (ie. one month before the event). 

The London to Brighton Cycle Challenge is an extremely important fundraising event for the Women V Cancer charities, so we strongly encourage you to do your very best to raise £100 or more.

Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical have all been hit hard by the pandemic and are struggling to continue their crucial work for people facing cancer.

They have all put money towards the event costs, trusting that all participants will do their best to raise funds for their cause in return.

The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.

Breast Cancer Now

www.breastcancernow.org

Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

www.jostrust.org.uk

Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)

Ovarian Cancer Action

www.ovarian.org

Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)

To take part in the London to Brighton Cycle Challenge, we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 each for Women V Cancer and to pay in £25 of this at least one month before the event to show your commitment to the charities.

You will then have up until the big day on Sunday 3rd July, to reach your £100 target. If you don't reach it in time, please don't worry. Your fundraising page will remain live until three months after the event, so you can continue to fundraise once you've conquered the ride.

This can make a real difference for people affected by breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

£150 would fund Jo’s “Ask the Expert” service for a day, buy a bottle of serum for Ovarian Cancer Action’s scientists to culture cells in the lab and enable Breast Cancer Now to send out 500 leaflets to doctor surgeries in the UK promoting breast checking and highlighting the symptoms of breast cancer, so that more women can catch it early before it spreads.

£500 will educate over 1,000 women, including those in high risk groups, about ovarian and cervical cancers and their symptoms, while funding one day’s use of specialised microscopes for research into how breast cancer develops and spreads.

£1,000 could enable OCA scientists to detect the types of DNA at high risk of ovarian cancer and fund two specialist nurses on the Breast Cancer Now helpline for a day, while also funding the recruitment and training of one volunteer for Jo’s helpline, who will go on to support hundreds of women per year.

The more money you raise on this challenge, the higher percentage of that money will go directly towards the charities – and the bigger impact you will make in our mission against cancer.

Join the 500 Club!
If you raise £500 or more by the 3rd June 2022 (ie. one month before the event) you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey (please note this is per person not as a team).

Please take a look at our Tips and Resources page for seasonal fundraising ideas to fuel your inspiration. We will also send you these in the lead up to the challenge.

You don't need to do anything, as it's all done automatically through your participant fundraising page, which you will be given as soon as you sign up for the challenge! If you have raised funds offline, please let us know by contacting events@dream-challenges.com.

Please download your sponsorship form here for any fundraising you do offline.

The registration fee of £45 does not go to the Women V Cancer charities and is used to cover the administrative costs of the event and to pay Dream Challenges the organisers.

The event costs (approx 25 - 30% of the £100 sponsorship target) cover:

  • Our start/finish venues.
  • Expertly designed and fully signposted route from London to Brighton.
  • Three Feed Stations en route, including a longer lunch stop at East Grinstead, with a variety of tasty. refreshments, water and hot drinks (vegan and gluten-free options available).
  • Your London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 medal.
  • Bicycle mechanics (both roaming and at the start/finish).
  • First aid support (both roaming and at the start/finish).
  • Control Room in operation throughout the event, with medical and route staff who can locate where you are for any non 999 emergencies and get you help as soon as possible.
  • Bag drop and luggage transportation from the start venue to the finish venue.
  • Your London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 resources, including training plan, sponsorship forms and Rider Pack, with your Rider Manual, Bike Number and Rider Number

The more money raised by participants on the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities.

Our London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022 route is likely to be much the same as the brilliant route we cycled for the 2021 challenge. 

Kicking off at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in South London, we'll avoid the bustle of the inner city and head south through small towns and countryside all the way to the spectacular Brighton Seafront! Please see the route GPS here.

The cycle will be all on-road and we'll keep to quieter roads wherever possible to avoid traffic. We'll also have three Feed Stations along the way, including lunch in East Grinstead. All three will include gluten-free and vegan options.

We'll send all participants a GPX file of the route in the days leading up to the event, but you won't need it, as there will be clear signposting throughout.

 

We'll have coaches and bicycle transportation from Brighton to our start venue at the end of the challenge at an additional cost of £35. We will send all participants details, including times and how to book your place, in the lead-up to the challenge. 

Brighton has fantastic public transport links but only a limited number of bikes will be allowed on board, so we strongly recommend you book a seat on our coach.

We will have another vehicle to transport all passenger bikes securely back to London - so remember to pick it up when you alight! (Your bicycle transportation is included in your coach ticket cost).

You must be at least 18 years old to take part in this challenge, unless given permission by Dream Challenges.

There is no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about this event is that people of all ages and from all cycles of life will come together to do something very special for a vital cause.

16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by Dream Challenges. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email events@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

We're on the lookout for Ride Makers and Ride Angels (volunteers) for this event, so if you have any friends/family members/loved ones that want to join the cause but can't commit to the challenge, please apply to be a Ride Maker/Angel.

We have a range of Ride Maker roles for both men and women, from helping out at registration to supervising the bike racks to supplying riders with well-deserved snacks, refreshments and hot drinks at Feed Stations.

If you're interested in joining us as a Ride Maker, please email us directly at events@dream-challenges.com.

 

You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential. We provide bike mechanics but do ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.

 

The cycle route is all on road – therefore we recommend using a road or hybrid bike.

If you plan to use a mountain bike, we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge. You are also more than welcome to use an electric bike.

We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems.

 

 

Our start venue will be the easily accessible Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in South London.

If you plan to drive, there are limited free parking spaces at the Sports Centre and two public car parks very nearby, plus limited street parking. Why not car share? It's better for the environment, leaves more room for your awesome fellow riders and will also give you a chance to get to know participants in your local area on the way to the event.

The start venue address is:

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Ledrington Road
Crystal Palace
London
SE19 2BB

Please visit the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre website for more details.

Parking at the finish

Our finish venue will be at Hove Lawns, a roomy lawn right just across the street from the beach. If you have supporters wanting to meet you and cheer you on as you cross our finish line in Brighton, they are more than welcome!

The address is:

Hove Lawns 1
Hove Street
South, Hove, BN3 2WW

We will be right next to King Alfred’s Car Park and there are several alternative nearby car parks you/your supports can choose from. Please note that spaces are limited and will incur a parking fee:

King Alfred’s Car Park (right next to Finish line):
Hove Street South
Hove BN3 2WW.
120 spaces

Norton Road Car Park (10 – 15 min walk from finish line):
Norton Road
Hove
BN3 3BE
290 spaces

There's lots of nearby accommodation near both our start and finish venues at a range of rates for you to choose from. Why not celebrate your incredible achievement by staying in Brighton for a mini-break?

We recommend you book your room as soon as possible to get a better rate and to make sure you have a free cancellation option or purchase insurance for your booking, in case you need to cancel your stay.

Our start venue, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, is well connected.

The address of the Sports Centre is:

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Ledrington Road
Crystal Palace
London
SE19 2BB

By bus: There are frequent bus services to and from the sports centre. You can catch the bus numbers: 3, 157, 122, 202, 227, 249, 322, 358, 363, 432 and 450, depending on where you are coming from in London.

By Train, tram and/or tube: The closest train stations to the sports centre are Crystal Palace and Penge West

If you plan to use public transport, please check the operator for bike restrictions. Useful links for this are:

Getting back to London

We'll have coaches and bicycle transportation from Brighton to our start venue at the end of the challenge, which you can book for an additional cost of £35.

We ask you to please book your ticket in advance so that we can ensure there are enough seats available for anyone who needs a lift. (Your ticket will include bike transportation as well.)

We'll send you the details, including timings and how to book your seat closer to the event.

We have public liability insurance. However, we cannot insure your bicycle on this challenge, so please make sure your bicycle is covered on your home contents insurance or that you take out a specialist bicycle cover.

There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the Feed Stations and roaming mechanics along the route. We recommend servicing your bike before the challenge and that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike.

Absolutely! We will have a secure bag drop at the start venue in Crystal Palace, where you can leave the things you won't need on the ride.

Once all start waves have set off, we will transport the bags to the finish venue in Brighton for collection once you complete the cycle.

Yes, we are delighted to have the amazing professional photographers from Sports Action Photo supporting the London to Brighton Cycle Challenge 2022.

You will be able to collect photos of yourselves and fellow riders on the Sports Action Photo website after the challenge.

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