Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 10

10 | Cycling World South East Coast Off-Road Bike Ride Sunday 13 th August 2017 S tunning coastal scenes, beautiful forest trails and epic hills to climb – the British Heart Foundation’s B brand new off-road bike ride is the perfect summer event for mountain bikers of all abilities. Starting off right by the sea, you ll take on miles of beautiful off-road routes, with an optional ten miles of extra technical riding through Friston Forest. Visually stunning and showcasing the best of East Sussex, this ride is not to be missed. Participants can park up at Martello Fields before making their way to the starting line on the seafront. The route then takes you along the clifftop, following the coastline, treating cyclists to the stunning sea views as well as some challenging climbs. Even local riders will be able to discover something new, as private roads will be opened up especially for the event. This unique ride may be difficult, but it takes you through some beautiful landscapes, as cyclists tackle areas such as Beachy Head, Pevensey, Eastbourne and Peacehaven. The finish line is back at the beginning, where participants and their friends and family are able to enjoy a range of activities, food and entertainment – an ending fit for cycling champions! Beginners, or those that are less cycle-fit, are encouraged to stick to the -mile route. While there are still some difficult climbs, the trail is less technical than the -mile route. However, those that are really looking to push their cycling abilities to the limit will relish the challenge that the extra ten miles bring. There will also be a number of rest stops along the route, which will offer water, toilets and mobile cycle repair. To sign up for the South ast Coast Off- oad Bike ide, the B s brand-new MTB ride, visit bhf.org.uk/southeastcoast.