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About the event

Join us on Sunday 23rd September 2018 for Vélo South, a major new 100 mile, closed road, sportive for the UK and cycle your way across our beautiful county of West Sussex to raise vital funds to help older people enjoy later life and live independently for longer.

Vélo South will take 15,000 riders of all ability levels on a truly unforgettable journey through our stunning West Sussex countryside. Enjoying the lush scenery of the South Downs National Park as you start and finish your amazing cycling journey on the hallowed tarmac of Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. This is the ultimate challenge for any amateur cyclist.

Join our ambassadors Olympic Chamption Sally Gunnell and veterans triathlete World Champion Daphne Belt from Littlehampton for the ride of your life.

As general entry tickets have now sold out, the only way to ride is with a charity place. We have a places available right now. With a registration fee of £40 per ticket, we are asking for a committment to raise £400 for Age UK West Sussex to help older people. 

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From lunch clubs in Crawley to tea and chat in Chichester, Age UK West Sussex fight loneliness across the county. Ride with us and warm the hearts of thousands of older people who would otherwise face the ups and downs of everyday life alone.

The Route

Starting trackside on the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit, you’ll cycle east towards Horsham, the first 10 miles of which is slightly hilly as you gradually ascend into the downs. After mile 15 you’re into quintessential West Sussex countryside with its short ups and downs, passing many pretty villages and hamlets in the process.  Staying south west of Horsham at mile 50, you’ll begin to head back westwards and it won’t be long until you’re back in the South Downs National Park from mile 65. The ride’s iconic climbs lie in wait, and you’ll need to ensure you leave enough in the tank for South Harting KOM (King of the Mountain) which falls at mile 87. From the summit it’s a gradual and kind descent back toward Chichester and onto a grandstand finish on the track of Goodwood motor circuit.

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Charity places
A registration fee of £40 is payable on sign up with a commitment to raise £400. We've lots of tips and tricks to help you fundraise so don't be put off by the amount. We have a number of local businesses who have agreed to match fund what you raise so if you are at all interested in riding, do give us a call now or click on the link to register.
To take part in this event you must be 16 years old or over. If you are under 18 you will need parental consent. Please contact us if you are aged between 16 and 18 and would like to take part.

Training information
We will be supporting all of our riders from sign up right up until event day with regular newsletters and training plans.

Contact us
If you would like more information on riding for Age UK West Sussex,  email: or call 01903 731800.

Find out more on the event on the Vélo South website.

This is one of only two opportunities in 2018 to experience the thrill of riding on fully closed roads across the magical 100 mile distance. Places are limited for this unbelievable opportunity and we would be honoured to have you join the team for this marathon on wheels.

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If you don't feel able to get on your bike yourself, please consider supporting our team - pedalling 1000s of miles for older people in West Sussex - and donate through justgiving here.