Bourne 2 Bike is a charity sponsored bike ride in aid of The Arthritic Association. Over nine million people, including 10,000 children, suffer with this painful, frustrating and debilitating condition.

The Association are hoping that as many people as possible will join them on Sunday 2nd October 2011 to raise awareness of both the Association and the work it does for Arthritic sufferers.

There are 4 routes available, which are aimed at all levels of ability, including a 9 mile route, 28 mile, 39 mile and 49 mile, plus an under 12s circuit. The day is aimed at both families and keen cyclists. Money raised on the day go towards helping to support the 9 million arthritis sufferers in the UK.

Highlights

  • Four circular routes to choose from – to suit all ages and abilities.
  • A special ride for Under 12s on a safe track.
  • Certificates and medals for all participants.
  • Riders’ packs and fundraising guides when registered.
  • Beautiful Sussex countryside to enjoy on all routes.
  • Fun at the start with the Heart Angels and Southern Water’s Water Cafe.
  • A fun day out for all levels of rider – from children and families to more ‘energetic’, and serious cyclists.
  • Routes that all start and finish at the Eastbourne Sports Park, next to the Sussex Downs College campus.
  • No minimum sponsorship level.
  • Only your entry fee will go towards the cost of running the event.
  • Our members will be relying totally on the sponsorship money you raise.
  • Every amount, large or small, will be greatly appreciated and put to excellent use.
  • The whole day will be professionally managed by Cycling Support Services Limited with the support of volunteers.

Routes

9 mile route

A cycle path – possibly using the Cuckoo Trail – that goes through gentle undulating country from Eastbourne to Polegate where there will be refreshments and toilets available. This is an easy circular route. It returns to Eastbourne via Hampden Park.

28 mile route

This ride includes the 9 mile route before going on from Polegate and through Hailsham (refreshments and toilets). It continues towards Heathfield but cuts across country before rejoining those who have chosen the 39 mile route. Though longer, and with a few more hills than the 9 mile ride, this route is also fairly easy.

39 mile route

This is where the going gets tougher. The ride starts the same as the 28 mile route before going up to the Heathfield Leisure Centre, where there will be refreshments and toilets. It then returns, initially using the same route, but then dividing off to loop back to the Start point. The route is harder with some sharp hills.

49 mile route

This ride starts with the 39 mile route and goes beyond Heathfield to the attractive village of Mayfield. A number of climbs make this route fairly challenging.