Cycle Coast to Coast, East to West, Sunrise to Sunset

Chase the Sun departs annually to ride across Scotland, Ireland, Italy and England, select a route below!

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Saturday, 22nd June 2024

A unique cycling experience

Team, Relay, or Solo

Enter yourself to cycle from sunrise to sunset, the full coast to coast route. Or, sign up as a Team Relay to share the challenge with friends, splitting the miles into 35-65 mile segments and riding together across the longest day of the year as a team.

4 Ride Routes

We provide breathtaking ride routes, each crossing one of four countries coast-to-coast, included is detailed advice and guidance, and the community of adventurous riders with you will create the unique memories of your Chase the Sun longest day!

Non-competitive

Chase the Sun is a non-competitive ride, open to all — with no rules, route signs, timing or medals. It is an annual physical, motivational and navigational challenge, with the goal of riding your bike from sunrise to sunset on the longest day!

Ride Locations

Select a ride below to reveal more information.

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Sunrise Start

22:13

sunset Finish

3100m

Elevation

209

Miles

Experience our most spectacular and challenging route, to Chase the Sun from sunrise on the Irish Sea at the historic Titanic docks of Belfast, up the dramatic coastal road and the Antrim Glens, heading inland to traverse forests, mountains, and loughs. Riders explore the mythical landscapes and landmarks of the ’emerald isle’. The route crosses the border of Northern and Republic of Ireland and finishes at sunset along the wild Atlantic Way beaches at Enniscrone.

Final detailed route maps and timing schedules will be released to all registered riders via a download link in the spring—for now, the route overview graphic provides the vital statistics.

04:27

Sunrise Start

22:05

sunset Finish

3200m

Elevation

200

Miles

A double-century feat over an epic 200 miles leaving from the beachfront at Whitley Bay at the first ray of ocean sunrise aiming to reach the esplanade at Ayr to witness the (hopefully glorious) sunsetting into the sea beside the Isle of Arran. A route full of stunning vistas, wilderness, heaths, rivers, lochs, castles and beaches, a challenge to inspire you when pedalling the longest day.

Final detailed route maps and timing schedules will be released to all registered riders via a download link in the spring—for now the route overview graphic provides the vital statistics.

04:41

Sunrise Start

21:33

sunset Finish

3000m

Elevation

205

Miles

Starting in the Thames estuary, the 200+ mile route bi-sects south London, bridging the Thames onto Wiggin’s Olympic time trial route, before seeking green country lanes, quaint villages, the lush Vale of Pewsey, climbing the Mendip hills, descending breathtaking Cheddar gorge, finally arriving on the seafront at Weston-Super-Mare.​

Final detailed route maps and timing schedules will be released to all registered riders via a download link in the spring—for now the route overview graphic provides the vital statistics.

04:35

Sunrise Start

21:30

sunset Finish

3300m

Elevation

282

KILOMETERS

Ride across Italy in a day. Depart from Pantani’s hometown of Cesenatico on the Adriatic sea, to reach the Tirrenia coast, east to west, from sunshine to sunset. The most romantic long distance cycling challenge, climbing mountains, through vineyards and vistas, 280+ kilometers and 3300m elevation. Magnifico!

Route MAP for Italia Chase the Sun
Final detailed route maps and timing schedules will be released to all registered riders via a download link in the spring—for now, the route overview graphic provides the vital statistics.

Experience Chase the Sun

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View these videos made by previous riders

The London premiere of @chasingthesunfilm is just 1 week away: 7:30pm 18th April @picturehouses @ritzy_cinema #brixton.

Screening +Q&A with director @michaelclifford, @ned_boulting, @ladyvelo & Rezina Chowdury.

Our friends @london_cycling_campaign will be around to talk about making sure cycling is high on the agenda for local elections!

Powered by @trekbikes_uk & @boschebikesystems 🙌

Get your tix from link in bio- selling fast…

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Welcome to Fettle: official Chase The Sun South Bike Repair Partner

We are delighted to announce that @fettlebike is joining us as official Bike Repair Partner for Chase The Sun UK South.

Fettle is the UK’s most progressive bike repair network, offering hassle-free servicing and complete peace of mind for all riders. They are here to reinvent repair; to shake up previous practices; to put the ‘service’ back into servicing; and lead bike maintenance into a new era – for all types of rider.

With 5 workshops across London and one in Bristol and Cambridge, a team of 25+ strong world-class, full-time mechanics, and hundreds of bikes serviced each month, they are modernizing the bike industry. Their faff-free bike repair and servicing provide the fastest, simplest, and most convenient way to keep all cyclists safe in the saddle.

Combining old school expertise with tech innovation, cyclists simply book in their bike or e-bike online or through the easy-to-use app. Users have the choice to drop their bike off at one of six convenient bike workshops or otherwise, fettle will pick up, service, and deliver the bike back to their owners – simple! Fettle is here to keep the UK’s riders, riding.

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The London premiere of our feature documentary @chasingthesunfilm is in 3 weeks on Thursday 18th April 7:30pm at @picturehouses @ritzy_cinema Brixton.
Screening+Q&A with director @michael_b.clifford, @itvsport voice of @letourdefrance @ned_boulting, writer/broadcaster @ladyvelo & founder of @my_choice_info @blackridersassociation @temilateef_ .
We’d love to see you there- and at all the screenings across the country in coming months! Book tickets via link in bio.
Powered by @trekbikes_uk & @boschebikesystems.
And 🙏 @thisisthekit @ @brassland for fab music.

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The London premiere of our feature documentary @chasingthesunfilm is in 3 weeks on Thursday 18th April 7:30pm at @picturehouses @ritzy_cinema Brixton.
Screening+Q&A with director @michael_b.clifford, @itvsport voice of @letourdefrance @ned_boulting, writer/broadcaster @ladyvelo & founder of @my_choice_info @blackridersassociation @temilateef_ .
We’d love to see you there. Book tickets via link in bio.
Powered by @trekbikes_uk & @boschebikesystems

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Chase The Sun 2024: Team Relay entries

STILL TIME TO ENTER YOUR TAG TEAM TO BEAT SUNSET!

Inspired by the epic challenge to Chase the Sun? Perhaps this year you will share with others the training, and riding over two hundred miles in one day – by splitting the time in the saddle along the way!

Gather your friends, clubmates, work colleagues – to take on and share the ultimate Team Challenge to Chase the mid-summer sunset together…

Entries are in Teams of 3 or 4 riders. You will cycle in pairs or threes on the road, swapping out with the other 1 or 2 team members to taking turns with the logistical benefit of driving your own vehicle as support along the way. Team up to tackle the physical, navigational and motivational challenges together as a successful team to reach sunset. (For example, each 4 person team rider would complete a minimum of 35mile + 65 mile sections across the day.)

So grab your teammates and join here to ride together to Chase the Sun!

RELAY TEAM ENTRIES AVAILABLE ON CHASE THE SUN NORTH & IRELAND

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