Chase the Sun UK South is a Do-it-Yourself cycling event. This is what makes it unique. No rules, route-signs or medals. Just ride your bike!
Use the information on this page to organise yourselves. We are here for advice, but it is the riders you will meet on the day that will create the memories of your Chase the Sun experience!
Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
Starting in the Thames estuary, the 200+ mile route bi-sects south London, passing Richmond park, bridging the Thames, touching part of Wiggin’s Olympic Gold time trial route, plus all the usual cross-country highlights, Silchester Village Hall, mendip hills, Cheddar gorge, arriving on the seafront finish at Burnham-on-Sea.
In principle, riders should plan to ride un-supported, this is part of the challenge! Carry all the essentials for safety, sustenance, repair and navigation with you.
However, several groups will often have a support driver with vehicles to follow along the route, so they may be able to offer support and assistance along the route.
Check out our advice page for tips on planning your ride and our preparation checklist.
You need to book this yourself, book early, spaces are limited at both start and finish locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
There will be no ‘official’ broom wagon or support for this ride. Although not essential, it is encouraged that participants/groups organise their own support vehicle and designate a driver, to carry kit/food/spares from the start to finish. If you are able to do this, we would appreciate if you could also offer to carry small items for other riders who do not have a support car—this is in the spirit of the ride—thank you for your help!
Supplies will be loaded prior to sunrise at the start of the ride, the support vehicles will be accessible at the finish, and possibly also at the lunch-stop, depending on timings.
There may also be opportunities to meet your support vehicles at designated refuel and rest stops, which are situated near local pubs and shops for rider’s convenience (see detailed maps).
Support drivers are a great help to the CTS event organisers—if you have an ‘interested other’ who would like to help with your ride support rather than cycle, you will be very welcome! please email CTS in advance, to find out how you can help. It is your help that can make this ride happen!
The ride is a free event in principle. however there will be an optional collection at the end for small donations to help cover event organising and admin costs, to allow the ride to continue to next year.
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