The Canterbury Bike Ride 2024: Sunday 21st July

We are once again returning to Canterbury Rugby Club and there will be a choice of routes provisionally 21, 55 and 76 miles long. The routes leave the rugby club and head south through the Kent Downs AONB, east to Dover Castle and along the top of the White Cliffs (with a potential view of France if the weather is kind), before heading back via Betteshanger Park, Eastry, Adisham and Bridge. The weekend will feature a new walking event called Walk Canterbury with various routes taking in historic Canterbury and the surrounding Kent countryside.

As an entrant to the Canterbury Bike Ride you benefit from:

  • A choice of 3 fully marked routes with a back up route map and GPS files
  • Feed stations on the long and medium routes
  • On-course first aid and mechanical support
  • A medal and a hot meal at the end of your ride
  • Free event parking

“It was my 1st time riding in such an event. The experience was fab, friendly environment, friendly riders. The staff before and after, the food. I had a lovely experience, you made my day, definitely coming back.”

Canterbury Bike Rider - 2023


U16 £20 / Short route £30 / Medium & Long routes £40


The Canterbury Bike Ride 2024 Provisional Routes

The routes leave the rugby club and head south through the Kent Downs AONB, east to Dover Castle and along the top of the White Cliffs (with a potential view of France if the weather is kind), before heading back via Betteshanger, Eastry, Adisham and Bridge.

We are returning to the Hub Wye on the long route and Betteshanger Park on the medium and long routes for our feed stations.

Short: 21 miles / +1,223ft
: 55 miles / +3,635ft
: 76 miles / +5,285ft

*Please note details are provisional and subject to change after further reconnaissance and risk assessments.

How fast do I have to ride?

For rider safety we do have a cut-off time of 4pm, but this provides ample time and should allow many types of rider to enjoy The Canterbury Bike Ride.

At the start, riders set off in pods of about 20 after a briefing. There will be a female only pod for each of the ride distances for anyone who would prefer this.

What facilities are available?

There are toilet facilities at the start/finish and at the feed stations. Period products will be available in all female toilets and from female members of Iconic Cycling Events Staff/volunteers.

There are changing facilities at the start and finish and a bag drop at the start.

Please get in touch if there are any other facilities or assistance that you would find useful and would aid your participation and enjoyment of The Canterbury Bike Ride.

How do I get there?

By Car: Parking is available for free at The Canterbury Rugby Club

By Train: Canterbury Rugby Club is a c.10 minute cycle from Canterbury East Station and a c. 15 minute cycle from Canterbury West Station.

To drive or take a taxi from Canterbury East Station is c. 9 minutes and from Canterbury West c. 12 minutes.

What kit do I need?

  • A roadworthy bike
  • A helmet

There is mechanical support on the rides, but we recommend that everyone is self- sufficient and carries:

  • Tyre levers
  • Mini-pump
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit

The feed stop will be stocked with a range of sweet and savoury high energy food products, as well as water, but we also recommend carrying:

  • Full water bottle(s)
  • Snacks

What clothing do I need?

You can cycle in anything you feel comfortable in, but we recommend:

  • A waterproof jacket
  • A pair of padded cycling shorts. This will make the riding much more comfortable. You can wear baggy shorts, leggings or trousers over the top if you don’t want to just wear lycra.

Pregnancy Deferral Policy

If you become pregnant after entering The Canterbury Bike Ride and no longer wish to participate in this year’s event, please get in touch. We can either defer your place or offer you a refund.

Walk Canterbury

New for 2024 the Canterbury Bike Ride weekend will include the Walk Canterbury event. Three routes, approximately 5, 12 & 16 miles long, will take in historic Canterbury and the Kent countryside.

All of the Walk Canterbury routes leave the rugby club and head for the City centre where walkers will be able to visit Canterbury Cathedral - the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and resting place of royalty and saints. The short route heads back to the rugby club via St Augustine's Abbey. The medium route passes St Austine's and turns North East at St Martin's Church (completing the trio of Canterbury's UNESCO World Heritage sites), following the Stour Valley Way and Augustine Camino Way to Fordwich. From here the route heads south before picking up the Elham Valley Way and returning to the Rugby Club. The long route follows the same path but continues east at Fordwich along the Stour Valley Way as far as Stodmarsh, before heading south on Augustine Camino via Wickhambreaux, Littlebourne and Patrixbourne before picking up the Elham Valley Way and returning to the Rugby Club.

All of the Walk Canterbury participants will be provided with a route map containing information on local history and all walkers will receive a medal and food at the end of the walk.

The event may appeal to:

🔘 Corporate and Charity teams
🔘 Groups of friends and families or individuals keen to take on the challenge
🔘 School teams

🐕 Dogs are encouraged! 🐕

Charity Partners

Our charity partners for the 2024 Canterbury Bike Ride and Walk Canterbury events are Kent MS Therapy Centre and Canterbury Hellfire Wheelchair Rugby. You can help support these charities by adding a donation to your booking at the basket, or by using our events to fundraise for them directly. 

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