The route is entirely on road so please ensure your bike is suitable for this. For a full list of bikes we permit on the ride and those we don’t please see below.

When taking part in London to Brighton the rider must use a bicycle with brakes on both front and rear wheels and without child seats, trailers or attachments that may cause injury to the rider, another participant or a member of the public.  Any configuration that varies from this should be cleared in advance by sending details with photos to the organiser –

The following bikes ARE permitted:

  • Road bikes
  • Single-speed (both fixed and freewheel) bicycles are permitted provided they have fully functioning brakes
  • Hybrid and Cyclocross bikes
  • Mountain bikes are allowed – however we do advise that you fit slick tyres to them to help you save energy
  • Folding bicycles
  • Handcycles
  • Recumbent bicycles or trikes are permitted as long as they have a head height safety flag attached
  • Tandem bikes – if you are planning to ride a tandem, you do need two entries as there are two of you riding
  • Electric bikes (remember, a sportive is not a race!)
  • Bikes fitted with disc brakes

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Fixed wheel with no brakes
  • Fixed wheel with only a front brake
  • Any bicycle with only one brake
  • Penny Farthings
  • Quadcycles
  • BMX bikes
  • Towed trailers
  • Child carriers
  • Tag-a-long trailers bicycles
  • Trailer bicycles
  • Cargo bicycles
  • Specialist time-trial bicycles are not allowed as they do not allow for immediate control of the bicycle
  • Any bicycle without 360° rider visibility
  • Unconventional handlebars (including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars)
  • Handlebars without bar-end plugs


Whatever bike you choose to ride we strongly recommend that the bike is serviced before the ride to ensure it is in good condition. Please bring a puncture repair kit with you and any spare parts you think you may need. Whilst there will be mechanics positioned throughout the course it’s important that riders are able to change a punctured tyre to keep you moving as we cannot guarantee we will be able to assist you quickly due to the number of riders.