Join Davina on a ride through Sussex
Ride for a reason and join our celebrity ambassador and TV presenter Davina McCall on this bike ride raising funds for sick babies and children. Davina will be there in person to set you off on your way, and then she will ride the route to try to catch you up! You might just manage to catch her at one of the well-stocked rest stops or at the hearty BBQ lunch served at the finish line which is in the grounds of the beautiful East Sussex National Hotel.
Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride offers something for every level of rider : New to cycling? Then sign up for the Cool 21-mile route or why not try a slightly more challenging classic 40-mile route. For those more experienced riders, we offer the Champion route at 68 miles, and for the super-keen, we've added a brand new 100-mile route with over 5,000 feet of ascent!
The Big Sussex Bike Ride is designed and run by Action Medical Research and you'll be raising money to fund the next medical breakthrough that will save and change little lives.
East Sussex National provides a stunning home for the day on Davina's bike ride.
With luxurious facilities, bedrooms, health club and spa, bars and restaurants and world-class golf courses you could easily make a whole weekend of it at this gem nestled on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
Find out more about the East Sussex National.
Our team of volunteers will be on hand to help refuel your ride.
With three feed stations, serving up a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks (please note COVID-19 restrictions may limit the selection on offer), we're sure to have everything you need to refuel, replenish and get you back on the road. Feed stations can be found at:
- Horam Golf Club - Epic, Champion & Classic 20 miles
- Hooe - Epic 75 miles & Champion 42 miles
- Wadhurst - Epic 52 miles
- East Sussex National - Epic 100 miles, Champion 68 miles, Classic 40 miles & Cool 21 miles
Growing in popularity over recent years, the past year has seen a huge surge in the sale of e-bikes. Hopefully, this means that the sport we love is becoming accessible to so many more people which we're absolutely thrilled about!
We very much welcome e-bikes on all of our RIDE Series sportives.
the event team
Organising rides, for riders, by riders!
A lifelong cycling addict, Tom has worked in all aspects of cycling world from mountain bike guiding in Greece to working as a mechanic for various bike, component and event companies and even spent some time helping to develop bikes as a brand manager for some of Britain’s leading bike brands. Away from the home office, he’s a keen mountain biker who enjoys cross country marathon and Enduro racing.
Can you spare the time to help?
Our RIDE Series depends on the generosity of volunteers who give up their time to ensure that participants have the best possible day in the saddle. We're always looking for willing volunteers to help support our rides so please get in touch if you think you can spare some time, and in return, we'll give you a free ride!
Frequently asked questions
Do I need insurance?
We recommend that you have appropriate cover for you and your bike.
Are spare parts available for my bike?
Yes, for most common bikes. Spares are chargeable.
What happens if I get lost or get into difficulties on the day?
On the day you will be given a contact number for our ride control, who will help with any issues.
How long do I have to complete the ride and what happens if I can't complete the distance?
The ride closes at 6.00pm. Very slow riders may be picked up and moved on.
Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?
You must wear a cycle helmet to take part.
How old do I need to be to take part?
You must be at least 16 on the day of the event to take part; if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult.
Are the roads closed for this ride and is it on-road or off-road?
No, roads are not closed. The route is all on-road - there is no off-road at all.
What do I need to bring?
Every rider will be sent a rider manual one week before the ride - this will tell you all you need to know about the ride. The rider manual will also appear on the website.
What facilities are available?
Changing facilities are available. Belongings/valuables should be locked in your car or carried with you. There are well-stocked refreshment stops along the routes. Hot food and drinks will be available at the Finish.
What are the timings for the day?
- Epic: 07:30
- Champion: 8:00
- Classic: 8:30 - 8:45
- Cool: 8:45 - 9:00.
RIDE CLOSE 5.00pm
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is parking on the day at the course.
I want to buy this as a gift?
What a lovely treat! When you buy as a gift you are entering the same registration process as normal. However, once you have chosen the route/distance then you'll be prompted to answer, 'who is this registration for?' Please select 'someone else...'
The email address you input here will be the email to receive all event correspondence. So you may want to choose to use a different email address, if you want to keep your gift secret.
After you have paid you will received a confirmation of the event entry (to the email address you entered as above) so you can gift this to your rider.
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