Fancy a cycling challenge with a difference? We’ve got just the thing for you: a classic mountain bike off-road event...with a twist – it takes place at night!

This thrilling 75-mile adventure will see you set off from London at dusk and arrive at the seaside by sunrise. Expect muddy woodlands, rocky paths, speedy single tracks, steep inclines and descents into darkness.

It's no ride in the park, but it's fun – we promise!

Remember, through every pedal and every mile, there’s light at the end of the tunnel – a beautiful sunrise and sea-view. But more importantly, you’ll be bursting with pride, because taking part is not only a great achievement; it also raises money for Mencap.

You’ll be helping us support people with a learning disability, and their families, to take on huge challenges of their own.

Who can take part?

This event is for those aged 18 and over. For full details, please read our terms and conditions.

Due to the nature of the event, and for safety reasons, it’s essential you have experience of riding off-road at night, as well as the appropriate lights and equipment.

But don't worry, there is plenty of time to train and gain more experience of night riding should you need to, and our team is on hand to answer any training and equipment questions you may have.

Team Mencap will provide you with everything you need to ride to success. We’ll keep you well-fuelled during the event with water and refreshments provided along the route. What’s more, you’ll receive a slap-up breakfast on the beach when you finish!

What better way to replenish all that lost energy and start healing those sore muscles?

Yes, I want to take part!

Registration is just £40 and includes breakfast on the beach!

Sign up now and Chase the Dawn with Team Mencap.

Sign up

Join us, for our very first event of this kind!

Sign up to Mencap's very first off-road night ride and you’ll have access to:

  • a fully signposted and marshalled route
  • mechanical support throughout the ride
  • a PDF route map
  • a downloadable GPX file of the route
  • training guidelines with expert fundraising tips and advice.

And when you've finished, you'll take home a shiny medal to mark your achievement!


Our early bird places are just £40 (until the end of June)! This includes the registration fee, refreshments along the route and breakfast on the beach.

Places are strictly limited to just 500 riders and registration will close as soon as this capacity is met.

Don’t delay – sign up now to join Team Mencap and guarantee your place for 2017!


For more information about Chase the Dawn, or other Mencap events, contact Amy Williams:

T: 020 7696 6949

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