Chase the Sun UK South is self-supported longest-day cycle challenge, however, unless you have someone willing to drive you to the start before sunrise and pick you up at the finish after sunset then staying overnight at both the start and finish locations is an integral and enjoyable part of the mid-summer weekend’s adventure.
Your registration is to join the ride. You need to arrange and book your own accommodation independently. Below are links to conveniently located hotels, availability of rooms is limited, so you need to contact the accommodation and book your own rooms ASAP to avoid missing out.
The Abbey Hotel
Metres from the route start. Rooms are available as part of our ‘All-In package registrations’. The restaurant serves (limited numbers) food on Friday night (also the location for the CTS pre-ride briefing at 8pm)
Ashcroft holiday park
Cheap mobile homes for groups of 4-8 people. 3 miles to the start. The price rate is for 3 nights, but you’ll use only 1, yet it’s still a cheap group option if booked in advance, speak to Elle when booking, special rates may be offered, depending on availability.
Sheerness holiday park
Sheerness. 2 miles to the start.
Queen Phillipa B&B
Queensborough, 3 miles to start.
Eastchurch, double, single and twin rooms, 4 miles to start.
(check rail websites for accuracy)
Fast trains depart St Pancras approximately every 30 minutes to Sittingbourne, other slower trains leave from London Victoria or Waterloo East (Note: Cycles are NOT permitted on trains between 16:00-18:59hrs). Travel times are between 30-60min to Sittingbourne, from here either change trains to Sheerness station (on the Isle) or cycle circa 1hr to the Abbey Hotel at the start location.
For those unable to make early trains, the next St Pancras cycle service is the 1925hrs departure. (other trains leave from London Victoria or Waterloo East).
Grand Atlantic Hotel
On the seafront, close to the finish of the route. Room rates include a full english breakfast.
Budget Hotel, close to Pier ride finish.
Premier Inn, Weston-Super-Mare
Affordable rooms where they usually allow bikes to be stored within.
Most riders book a stay in Weston-Super-Mare for the night and then head home Sunday morning.
Weston -Super-Mare rail station is only a mile or so from the finishline. There are relatively regular trains on the West Coast mainline, heading to destinations via Bristol, it is best to pre-book a bike space, as they can be very busy, or talk nicely to the guard!
Weston is not far off the M5 motorway, so it’s not too difficult if you have someone driving to meet you.
Return Travel and bike transport support service
This year we have a logistics partner providing a return journey for person & bike transfer via coach from the finish at Weston-Super-Mare to a central London location or back to the Isle of Sheppey start location. This departs on Sunday morning. For more details of this service and pricing check out our travel partners page.