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Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU.
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London to Hastings

Sunday 28 Apr 2013

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This ride has now passed.

Thanks to everyone who came along to raise money for Orchid on the London to Hastings bike ride on Sunday. It was a bit chilly, but the sun was shining and a good day was had by all!
The photos of the event are available to view and buy from Thomas Mayor Photography here:

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Weather for Sunday - Sunny intervals - no rain! Join in - just sign up at the Start from 8.00am

Back for the third time, this challenging 70 mile ride starts from Crystal Palace and finishes in the historic south coast town of Hastings. Taking you through the 'Garden of England' the route leads over the North Downs and the High Weald before dipping down to finish by the sea.

MINIMUM AGE 14YRS. All riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.

" was a great day and a beast of a ride which made crossing the finishing line so much more rewarding. Only had to get off the bike once on a hill that was just thirty yards too long.." D. C.

Ride Details
StartThe Terraces, Crystal Palace Park (off A214) London, SE19 2BB
FinishGrosvenor Gardens, Hastings, East Sussex TN38 0AE
Distance70 miles (approx)
Challenge Rating
Getting There: CarParking available at start
Getting There: TrainNearest station is Crystal Palace. Please check with operator regarding carriage of bikes.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950
Start Times8.00am-9.30am at a time to suit you.
Other Info
Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.
Transport - coaches will leave at 6am to take riders and their bikes from Grosvenor Gardens to the Start at Crystal Palace. Coaches will run at set times in the afternoon (approx 3.00pm and 5.00pm) to take cyclists and their bikes back to the Start ONLY. Afternoon coach places have now sold out - return trains run regularly from Hastings to London Example times here. Please check train operator for carriage of bikes.
Advance booking recommended as spaces cannot be guaranteed on the day. NB - TRANSPORT TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
All riders are required to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day.
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**
PricingEntry Pack (£18.50)
Team Entry (6 or more, per person) (£17.50)
Transport AM (£24.50)



Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.
Over 43,000 men will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in the next 12 months; from sons to grandfathers all men face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients
So please get as many sponsors as you can. You can set up an online fundraising page at

Your entry fee pays only for the safe running of the ride. Please ask your friends and family to sponsor you and help raise much needed funds– it makes a huge difference to Orchid’s work.
Registered in England with the Charity Commission No 1080540. Company Registered in England No. 3963360

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