The ultimate summer cycle challenge

The ultimate summer cycle challenge

Want to take your cycling up a notch but not sure where to start? We have just the ticket to get you training for the challenge of a lifetime.

Push yourself on a breathtaking journey across England, take in incredible views, cover 350 miles and climb over 8,000 feet in just four days and fund life-saving research on your way. Every day seven million people fight the battle against Cardio Vascular Disease and every day 450 people tragically lose their lives. Yet in taking on one of the UK’s most iconic charity cycling challenges you can help to change that number. 

The ultimate summer challenge

London to Land's End is one of the toughest charity challenges you can do on two wheels. Over the course of four summer days you will cycle between 75 and 100 miles each day, climbing over 1800 feet as you go. What better way to see out some crisp spring training than with your most memorable challenge yet?

What to expect

On your journey you'll take in all manner of sights as you travel from the capital to the stunning scenes of England's most-westerly point. 

Day 1 – Laleham Park to Warminster. 108.5 miles, 2,035 metres of climbing

Leave the hustle and bustle of London behind you as you head into the beautiful British countryside. From the rolling country lanes of Hampshire to the medieval city of Salisbury this is beautiful way to start your journey. 

Day 2 – Warminster to Exeter. 86.5 miles, 1,850 metres of climbing

Begin your second stint with some lovely countryside, villages and towns before entering the Somerset Levels. Put your training to good use on as you reach the hills of East Devon and finish in the ancient city of Exeter. 

Day 3 – Exeter to Bodmin. 75.5 miles, 2,120 metres of climbing

One of the more challenging days for climbing as you head out of Exeter and then on to Dartmoor, along quiet, Devonshire country lanes before passing through the stunning scenery of Bodmin moor.

Day 4 – Bodmin to Land’s End. 76.5 miles, 2,015 metres of climbing

Leaving Bodmin on quieter roads you enjoy the twisting and turning, rising and falling of the quintessential Cornish country lanes. Roll to the tip of our island, Land’s End, the end of your epic adventure, ready to celebrate your fantastic achievement.

Day 5 – Travel home beaming with pride, with a medal and two very heroic legs 

A challenge for all abilities

Cycling 350 miles in four days is an incredible, demanding task, yet this is a challenge that can be taken on by all abilities. As a fully organised ride it's the perfect opportunity to take on a multi-stage event and if you’ve yet to dip your toe into the waters of endurance, the BHF team will be right there alongside you even before you sit in the saddle.

BHF will help you face your training head on with free step-by-step training guides and advice in their Cycle Training Zone. You can also share your journey with fellow participants on the London to Land’s End Facebook page; the perfect place to organise training rides, spur each other on and exchange tales on your training.

Support on hand

As well as sharing your journey with fellow Heart Riders, you also have the option to be supported every pedal of the way. As a BHF Supported Rider, the logistics are taken care of for you. Not only will you be able to cycle care-free of your belongings, a coach will take you to a specially selected hotel at the end of each day, so all you have to do is peddle and then put your feet up. Your bike will also be stored safely away until the following morning.

If you have some particularly sterling friends who want to offer their support, they too can sign up to be your allocated support vehicle.

Make a real difference

Not only will cycling to Land’s End be an incredible personal achievement, you really can make a substantial difference to the families and individuals dealing with Cardiovascular Disease with the funds you raise. For every £1000, you will pay for the work of the 500 post-doctoral scientists who work in research teams right across the UK as they help to better understand how to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure heart disease.

Give yourself a goal that will not only help to save the lives of others, it will keep you riding in a slipstream of pride even after your miles in the saddle. 


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