London to Southend

Sunday 12 Sep 2021Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, London, E20 3AB52 miles / 65 miles (optional extension via Shoeburyness)


We apologise to registered riders for the inconvenience caused

From the East End to Southend!

Starting from Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Park on the revised date of Sunday August 1st, we're soon out of town and onto quieter, country roads. Essex will surprise you with its picturesque villages and quiet lanes, winding through gently rolling countryside. After stops along the way, with lunch by Mountnessing windmill, we reach the Finish in the pretty gardens of Priory Park, Southend with live music, refreshments, beer tent and a well-earned medal!

Southend Victoria railway station is close by with trains every 20 minutes back to London - bikes go free! PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT THIS YEAR'S MORNING SERVICES

Riders who registered for both the 2020 and 2021 ride will be transferred to the new date (September 12th) automatically.

Although restrictions are being relaxed, post July 19th, the event will still follow up to date Covid-safety guidance from the Government, British Cycling and Safety Advisory Groups.
According to guidance in place at the time, Social Distancing and other measures will be in place - full details will be emailed before the ride and updates can be seen on the Bike Events website here

Riders who registered for the 2020 event have been transferred to 2021, automatically. Please use your 2020 rider number on the 2021 ride - please contact us if this has been lost

We recommend that all riders look at the current How to Ride in a Group guide from British Cycling here.

"Thank you do much for a fantastic day, the day went so well & the organisation was spot on. The route signs & marshals were perfect, would not hesitate to book further events." S. B.

See the ride:

"I completed the ride with my friend... in five and a half hours without stopping and raised £1170 for the charity !! If you're not sure if cycling is for you, give it a go, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain, my fitness level is so much better and I am looking a lot leaner. Once you have your bike, its a free hobby." L. W.

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Ride Details


Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, London, E20 3AB


Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6NB


52 miles / 65 miles (optional extension via Shoeburyness)

Challenge rating


Start times

7.30am - 9.10am


Entry Pack (£26.50)
Team Entry (Enter no. of riders) (£26.00)
Morning Train (for 8am Start) (£14.60)

Other info

Start times are to reduce congestion. If you need to change your time please email
Minimum age 14 years. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult rider over 18.
Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.

All riders are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day

** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

GPX routes of LAST YEAR'S ROUTE available after online booking. Definitive 2021 GPX will be available TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE DAY OF THE RIDE.
Bike Events 0117 989 7080

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

The START is close to Stratford International station and Startford International Car Park, International Way, London E20 1YY. 24 hour parking costs £6.00. The route to the Start will be signed
For details of other public car parks near the Start CLICK HERE

There will be NO PARKING AT FINISH (Priory Park) FOR RIDER'S VEHICLES. There are two pay & display public car parks near to the FINISH - at University Square & Victoria Shopping Centre - for details please click here

Getting here by train

Two special Bike Events charter trains will run in the MORNING from Southend Victoria to get you to London (Stratford) for an 8:00am start - the route to the Start will be signed from there. The trains will also call at Hockley, Rochford and Rayleigh

Tickets for these special services will be available for purchase through the Bike Events website. These tickets will be valid ONLY on the two charter services running from Southend Victoria. Season tickets will NOT be valid on these services.

Bike Events Specials' service times:
SERVICE 1: dep. Southend 06:24 (platform 10A), calling at Hockley at 06:35 and Rayleigh at 06:43
SERVICE 2: dep. Southend 06:33 (platfom 9), calling at Rochford at 06:42 and Rayleigh at 06:53

For regular services please check the Greater Abellio website
C2c services will run from Shoeburyness, stopping at Southend Central and taking riders to West Ham station (nearest stop to the Start)

IN THE AFTERNOON trains will run every 20 minutes from Southend Victoria taking you and your bike to stations to London Liverpool St. Simply BUY YOUR TICKET AT THE STATION before boarding the train.

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

You're welcome to raise money for one of the charities below (select when you book online) or for a charity of your choice (contact them after you've booked to arrange sponsorship).

CHARITIES - please contact us for information about how to get involved and for details of our Open Event fundraising packages


Raising money for CLIC Sargent will directly help children and young people with cancer, and their families. So join Team Young Lives and shout loud and proud for young lives against cancer.
Registered charity nos.1107328 (England & Wales) and SC039857 (Scotland)

Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) aims to improve the lives of millions of adults and children affected by bone and joint disease through high quality research, training and education. We promote collaboration between surgeons, scientists and engineers, develping new artificial limbs and joints, better pain relief, increased insights into conditions such as bone tumours, arthritis and osteoporosis and improved the treatment of sporting and trauma injuries. We aim to eliminate bone and joint disease.

Registered Charity Number 1111657