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.

04:46

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

View these videos made by previous riders

Follow @ChaseTheSunCycle

View these videos made by previous riders

Big thanks to all you lovely folks riding CTS to support the amazing work of our official charity entry partner @macmillancancer.

We salute you and we’d love you to share your stories with us!

Good luck whichever route you’re taking on 🙌🙌🙌

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Come see us at @nationalcyclingshow at Birmingham NEC this weekend.

Co-Director Phil Webb will be taking part in a panel discussion 11:30 Saturday “Shifting the narrative of women’s cycling”.

This will be chaired by @joannarowsell and include Jon Dutton CEO @britishcycling, our good pal @melberryswims Founder @herspirituk & Rachel Burnside @shift_active_media.

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CTS SOUTH FINISH AT GRAND PIER, WESTON SUPER MARE: CALL-OUT FOR VOLUNTEER MARSHALS

We are a little short on volunteer marshals for the WSM Grand Pier finish location of CTS South.
Are there any individuals, clubs or family & friends of riders able and willing to help us out on a voluntary basis from late afternoon on Saturday 22nd June?
We can offer free Just Ride entry to a CTS 2025 event of your choice plus dinner on the Grand Pier during your shift.
Please contact jo@chasethesun.org if you can step up!

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Just 2 weeks to go till Chase The Sun 2024!

Last remaining places for North & Ireland: book your places now.

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As ever thanks to our partners @voomnutrition @nirvanabeerco @fettlebike @herspirituk @stolen.goat 🙌🙌🙌

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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR BIKE IS READY FOR THE CHALLENGE AHEAD: TIPS FROM FETTLE, OFFICIAL CTS SOUTH BIKE REPAIR PARTNER

200+ miles is a major physical challenge for all those who take on Chase the Sun. It’s also a major challenge for the bikes we ride.
Here’s a really helpful teaser video from our friends at @fettlebike- long version via link in bio giving lots of useful tips on how to prepare your trusty steed and ensure that you and your bike make it to the coast, hopefully before sunset!

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