Many thanks for signing up to the inaugural Brighton Capel Monster cycling event. This section includes arrangements and details for the day, including safety information and timings. The GPX and more detailed route information will be sent out via email two weeks prior to the event, as well as being available to download here. There will be some signposting on the ride, but you are advised to have a copy of the route saved onto your phone as a minimum.
Start time: 8.30 – 9am
The ride starts at Rayment Cyles. Riders will be set off in small groups, a few minutes apart, to avoid traffic issues. If you are riding with friends please advise us on your entry form, otherwise you will be allocated a start time. If you are travelling from outside Brighton and require a later start (9am), please also request this on your entry form.
Route: 130kms, approximately 80 miles
The route heads up Ditchling Road towards the beacon for stunning views across the Downs and Weald. You are advised to take care when descending Ditchling beacon, as it is a narrow road which is steep in places with some sharp bends. Watch out for the immediate left turn at the bottom of the descent, onto Underhill Lane!
The route weaves its way past Hurstpierpoint College and the village of Staplefield, following quiet country lanes. Lovely descent on Hammerpond Road which narrows as you cross the pond – watch out for on-coming traffic and remember to change into a low gear for the climb out! This section takes you over a busy A-road roundabout at Colgate before heading up to Rusper, please take care. Then onto the lesser-known lanes through to Capel and the mid-way cake-fest..
Once refuelled you’ll begin the return route via Newdigate and Lambs Green, Copsale, Maplehurst and Partridge Green. There is a very short stretch on the Downs Link before re-joining the road. Back over the downs via Fulking and Devil’s Dyke then down to Hove seafront for the finish.
The current state of the roads after a hard winter are questionable in places, please watch out for pot holes.
Start: Tea, coffee, water, homemade breakfast bars and back pocket snacks
Mid-way: The legendary Capel cake stop. Sandwiches, rolls, cakes, scones, all homemade by the local village church group. Tea, coffee and squash. There will be enough for each rider can have 3-4 items and 2 drinks.
Finish: BBQ, salads, pasta and beers! At least 2 beers per person will be allocated to every rider, with more awarded for those who raise the most funds for the Treehouse Project.
Vegan options will be available, please specify on booking form.
Sign-on starts from 7.30am on Saturday 30th June at Rayment Cycles, 13-14 Circus Parade/New England Rd, Brighton BN1 4GW.
The shop will be open for any last minute spares you might need. You will receive a 10% discount for anything bought on the day and Rayments have also very kindly agreed to donate an extra 10% to the treehouse project. Please do make purchases and help support the cause!
You are welcome to bring a bag of clothes and a pair of shoes to the start and we will take these to the end point on Hove beach. Please do not leave any valuables with us as we cannot responsibility for any loss or damage to your belongings. Please label your bag clearly with your name and contact details.
The ride is a social event NOT A RACE.
Please respect and follow the laws and rules of the road.
The ride is on open roads, there will be other road users including cyclists and horse riders, be aware and careful.
Helmets are compulsory.
Parental consent for under 18s.
This ride is being run in the spirit of kindness and co-operation and you can call us if you run into problems on the road – 07717495666. We will do what we can to help! However, it may not be possible to come and pick you and your bike up on the day.
We highly recommend you bring, as a minimum:
- Waterproof clothing
- Spare inner tubes
- A hand held pump
- A pump
- A puncture repair kit
- Chain Links
- A multi-tool with a chain linker
We encourage riders to cycle to the start of the event, however we understand that some people will be travelling from further afield.
Trains: There are great transport links if you are travelling from London. Trains from London Victoria to Brighton take 53 minutes with reasonable fares if bought in advance of as a GroupSave.
Rayment Cycles is a few minutes from Brighton train station.
Car: There is car parking close to Rayment cycles but parking in central Brighton is not cheap. If you are driving we suggest you park in Hove and ride to the start, so your car is close to the finish point.