London to Southend

Sunday 14 Jul 2019Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, London, E20 3AB52 miles / 65 miles (optional extension via Shoeburyness)
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From the East End to Southend!
Starting, this year, from the Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Park, we're soon out of the town and onto quieter country roads. Essex will surprise you with its picturesque villages and quiet lanes, winding through gently rolling countryside. After stops along the way for lunch and tea, we reach the Finish in the pretty gardens of Priory Park, Southend where there will be live music, sports massage, refreshments and beer tent.

Here you can relax and enjoy refreshments, live music, a beer tent and sports massage before making your way home - Southend Victoria railway station is close by.

See the ride:

"I completed the ride with my friend... in five and a half hours without stopping and raised £1170 for the charity !! If you're not sure if cycling is for you, give it a go, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain, my fitness level is so much better and I am looking a lot leaner. Once you have your bike, its a free hobby." L. W.

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Ride Details


Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, London, E20 3AB


Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6NB


52 miles / 65 miles (optional extension via Shoeburyness)

Challenge rating


Start times

7.00am - 9.10am


Entry Pack (£22.00)
Team Entry (Enter no. required) (£21.50)
Morning Train (8am start) (£0.00)

Other info

Minimum age 14 years. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult rider over 18.
Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.

All riders are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED 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.**

GPX routes of LAST YEAR'S ROUTE available after online booking. Definitive 2017 GPX will be available TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE DAY OF THE RIDE.

Ride Gradings

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).

Getting here by car

The START is close to Stratford International station and Startford International Car Park, International Way, London E20 1YY. 24 hour parking costs £6.00. The route to the Start will be signed
For details of other public car parks near the Start CLICK HERE

There is limited car parking at the FINISH (Priory Park) and for details of public car parks near to the FINISH please follow this link

Getting here by train

Two special Bike Events charter trains will run in the MORNING from Southend Victoria to get you to London (Stratford) for an 8:00am start - the route to the Start will be signed from there. The trains will also call at Hockley, Rochford and Rayleigh

Tickets for these special services will be available for purchase through the Bike Events website. These tickets will be valid ONLY on the two charter services running from Southend Victoria. Season tickets will NOT be valid on these services.

Train service times will be announced once confirmed

C2c services will run from Shoeburyness, stopping at Southend Central and taking riders to West Ham station (nearest stop to the Start)

Train service times will be announced once confirmed

IN THE AFTERNOON trains will run every 20 minutes from Southend Victoria taking you and your bike to stations to London Liverpool St. Simply BUY YOUR TICKET AT THE STATION before boarding the train.

This is an Open Event - your entry fee goes towards the running of the ride.

You can ride for one of the charities below (select when you book online) or for a charity of your choice (contact them after you've booked to arrange sponsorship collection).

CHARITIES - please contact us for information about how to get involved and for details of our Open Event fundraising packages.