London to Brighton Cycle

Take on this iconic 55 mile cycle from London to Brighton and be a part of #TeamDemelza in September 2024!

Take on this iconic cycling challenge in September! Once out of London, you will predominantly cycle along quiet country lanes!


Passing through Mitcham, 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 an amazing view. From there it’s all downhill onto the Brighton sea front.



Registration Fee: £55.00*

Minimum Sponsorship: £150.00 (not including Gift Aid)


There are just 15 places available for #TeamDemelza! When you have raised £100 of your fundraising target you will receive a free Demelza branded cycling jersey too!


*You will complete your registration with Skyline Events and the registration fee is paid directly to the organisers. £55.00 is the Early Bird price.

Event Key Details
Sunday 15 September 2024 - 06:30 to 19:00
London to Brighton
Early Bird Registration £55, Minimum Sponsorship £150
You must be over the age of 16 to participate in this event.

What's included:

A Demelza cycling jersey

Dedicated fundraising support from the Demelza Events Team

An opportunity to visit the hospice for a tour

London to Brighton organised water stops and mechanical support

Fully signed route

Celebratory London to Brighton Cycle medal

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Frequently Asked Questions

The London to Brighton Cycle Ride is an iconic 55 mile cycle ride starting from Clapham Common in South London, to the seaside town of Brighton.

The ride will start from Clapham Common, off Nightingale Walk, Clapham SW4 9AH. There will be a staggered start between 06:00-10:30. Participants will be emailed their allocated start time a few weeks before the event.


The route will finish at the Brighton Seafront on Madeira Drive, 500m walk from the Pier.

The route is entirely on road so please ensure your bike is suitable for this. For a full list of bikes we permit on the ride and those we don’t please see below.

When taking part in London to Brighton the rider must use a bicycle with brakes on both front and rear wheels and without child seats, trailers or attachments that may cause injury to the rider, another participant or a member of the public.  Any configuration that varies from this should be cleared in advance by sending details with photos to the organiser –

The following bikes ARE permitted:

  • Road bikes
  • Single-speed (both fixed and freewheel) bicycles are permitted provided they have fully functioning brakes
  • Hybrid and Cyclocross bikes
  • Mountain bikes are allowed – however we do advise that you fit slick tyres to them to help you save energy
  • Folding bicycles
  • Handcycles
  • Recumbent bicycles or trikes are permitted as long as they have a head height safety flag attached
  • Tandem bikes – if you are planning to ride a tandem, you do need two entries as there are two of you riding
  • Electric bikes (remember, a sportive is not a race!)
  • Bikes fitted with disc brakes

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Fixed wheel with no brakes
  • Fixed wheel with only a front brake
  • Any bicycle with only one brake
  • Penny Farthings
  • Quadcycles
  • BMX bikes
  • Towed trailers
  • Child carriers
  • Tag-a-long trailers bicycles
  • Trailer bicycles
  • Cargo bicycles
  • Specialist time-trial bicycles are not allowed as they do not allow for immediate control of the bicycle
  • Any bicycle without 360° rider visibility
  • Unconventional handlebars (including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars)
  • Handlebars without bar-end plugs


Whatever bike you choose to ride we strongly recommend that the bike is serviced before the ride to ensure it is in good condition. Please bring a puncture repair kit with you and any spare parts you think you may need. Whilst there will be mechanics positioned throughout the course it’s important that riders are able to change a punctured tyre to keep you moving as we cannot guarantee we will be able to assist you quickly due to the number of riders.

We will have friendly mechanics at the water stops and roaming along the route to help out with any difficulties you have during the ride. However please do bring a spare inner tube and a pump or gas cannister to inflate it, as well as any spare parts you think you may need. Our mechanics are often very busy, riders will need to be able to take care of their own punctures leaving our mechanics to be available for others issues to keep the maximum number of riders able to complete the course.

Free water will be available at our water stops, which will be at 17 miles, 30 miles, 39 miles and 48 miles, at the top of the infamous Ditchling Beacon. In addition, snacks will be provided at the 30-mile stop and a packed lunch at the finish line.

The minimum age for participants is 16. Those under 18 will need a letter of parental consent. Please contact our team to get a consent form or simply send a signed letter of consent to our team.

The route is available as a downloadable file in your participant area.

The route is clearly waymarked by directional event arrows. Please follow these at all times but do not panic if you haven’t seen one in a while! They are put on all turns, and along straight roads for reassurance. However we strongly recommend you also download the route using the link in your participant area so that you can follow the route on your favourite GPS device.  If you find yourself lost please call the contact phone number on the front of your bike number.

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!

No, certain sections of the route are closed to other road users, such as Ditchling Beacon but the majority of the route will take place on open roads.

There will be portable toilets at the start, water stops, and at the finish in Brighton.

Please click here to view our Event Terms and Conditions