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There are lots of imaginative ways in which people have helped to raise money for Age UK West Sussex including:


  • taking part in a challenge event
  • table top sales
  • holding a cake bake and sale in the office
  • getting a drastic haircut!
  • coffee mornings
  • quiz nights
  • sponsored walk, run, swim, bike ride and pie eating
  • the Big Knit joint campaign with Innocent drinks


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 beautiful 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 the stunning West Sussex countryside. Enjoying the lush scenery of the South Downs National Park as you start and finishing your amazing cycling journey on the hallowed tarmac of Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. This is the ultimate challenge for an amateur cyclist.

As general entry tickets have now sold out, the only way to ride is with a charity place. We have a limited number available right now. With a registration fee of £40 per ticket, we are asking for a committment to raise at least £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 a minimum of £400.
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, exclusive gatherings and training plans.

Contact us
If you would like more information on riding for Age UK West Sussex,  email:

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 Age UK West Sussex would be honoured to have you join the team for this marathon on wheels.

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And 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.


Get in touch

If you are interested in supporting Age UK West Sussex we would love to hear from you. Please contact us on 01903 731800 or email us.