The BIG BIKE RIDE in Sussex (19 July)


It’s time to change gears and set yourself a challenge that will help vulnerable children across the UK. The BIG BIKE RIDE is your chance to break out of your usual cycling routine or get back on your bike by joining one of our NSPCC bike rides or organising your own at any time in July.

All the money raised by this year’s BIG BIKE RIDE is going to support the NSPCC’s Child’s Voice Appeal to raise £50 million for our vital helpline services. Sadly a third of children calling ChildLine can’t get through to talk to someone. With your help, we can transform ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline to answer many more children’s cries for help, so that whether they call, email, text or contact us online, we’ll be here.

Where can I find out about events near me?

pic-home-horshamDo something brilliant with your bike…
Join hundreds taking up the BIG BIKE RIDE challenge and raise money to change children’s lives.

Heading off from the stunning grounds of Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, you can choose your challenge from one of three fantastic off road routes (25km, 50km, 75km) through the West Sussex countryside. There will also be music, food, drink and plenty of support for you and your bike so it’s set to be a great day.

To take up the challenge simply sign up, collect sponsorship … and get on your bike!

Choose your challenge – there are three fantastic routes heading out through the West Sussex countryside, you can choose the challenge that suits you. Whichever route you ride you’re in for varied terrain, stunning scenery and a real sense of achievement.

25km Castle Loop – a great challenge for those who need to get back on their bike, this mixed terrain route goes via Sedgwick Park and Castle ruins.

50km River Route – this undulating route, partly traffic free, heads south along the Downs link to the River Adur before returning back to the school via some great off road tracks.

75km Devils Trail – a tough challenge which reaches the South Downs and climbs the renowned Devils Dyke for some amazing views, before returning on a variety of country lanes and off-road tracks.

*Please note that these routes are subject to change.

Entry fee is £10 and includes your full event pack plus a BIG BIKE RIDE t-shirt and medal on the day. All riders over 16 must register individually for H&S reasons. The event is not suitable for under 12s, and all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Start Location
Christ’s Hospital school, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0YP.

Registration opens from 08:00am

25km Castle Loop – start time – 10:00am
50km River Route – start time – 9:30am
75Km Devils Trail – start time – 9:00am

Please note these are the start times for the first wave of each route, with additional waves going every 10 minutes. Please make sure you arrive at least half an hour before your route start time.

Toilets, cloakroom, car parking, refreshments, bike hire, bike surgery and first aid.

Car Parking
Car parking is available at the school.

The nearest mainline train station is Horsham. We will be running a free shuttle mini bus service from outside the main entrance of the station for riders and their bikes between 8am and 9.30am on the day. Please contact the rail company directly for policies on bike travel.

Your Bike
Road bikes are not suitable for this event. The cycling routes are very accessible consisting of hard gravel paths with a few roads and the odd section of dirt! Therefore we recommend that you use a mountain bike or a hybrid bike with heavy tread tyres to take part in this event. If you are unsure of your bike’s suitability we suggest you take it into your local bike shop to ask their advice.