100km Road

Now closed online, entries will be available on the day at HQ.

Riders will set off in waves from 9:30am. Course 100km long with 1335m elevation. HQ closes at 4.00pm.

60km gravel

Now closed online, entries will be available on the day at HQ.

Riders will set off in waves from 9:30am. Course 60km long with 939m of elevation. HQ closes at 4.00pm.


The Pearson Steeplechase is an exciting new sportive event with two disciplines to choose from, both based from our HQ at Box Hill. Select either a 100km road or a 60km gravel route and disappear into the beauty of Surrey on or off road.


DATE: Saturday 27 April 2024 from 09:30 to 16:00.

Price: £50 including woven finisher’s badge.

Venue and ride details:

Box Hill Pearson Event Village: This is situated at the foot of Box Hill in Rykas cafe and car park. Rykas Box Hill, Old London Rd, Dorking RH5 6BY

There is sufficient car and secure bike parking available. Gates open at 8.00am, riders start from 9.30am.

Rider Packs: will be available to collect from Pearson Sheen store which include numbers, rider details and timing chips from Sat 20th to Fri 26th April.

If you are unable to collect pre event these will be available from 8.30am 27th April at our ride HQ at Box Hill.

Rider Notes: will be sent by email on April 19th - please check your spam!

Mechanical Assistance: will be available at HQ for last minute tweaks.

Route Marking: both courses will be professionally route marked, follow Pink arrows for road and Orange for gravel.

Riders have access to GPS routes from the maps below. We will also send the routes digitally ahead of the ride.

Food and refreshments: Food and drink stalls at HQ. Ample food and hydration stations on both routes. 

Entertainment: Music at start and finish, gantry start/finish line. Picnic opportunities for riders and families.

Rider benefits: Mechanics at HQ and feedstop, roaming first aid responders and medical provision at HQ. Fully signposted route, GPS routing, timing mat with bike mounted timing chips. Woven finisher’s badge for gravel and road riders will be awarded at the end. Rider event photography. Idyllic cycling routes and surroundings at Box Hill, steeped in the Surrey countryside.

Also available on the day: 20 x Wahoo Roam and Bolt GPS test units. Pearson Forge road and On And On gravel demo bikes, Classified x Pearson KOM competition on demo bikes. Signal Brewery gin and beer stand, Fuel 10k product.

road route 100km elevation 1335m

gravel route 60km elevation 939m

As the name suggests, the Pearson Steeplechase is inspired by the equine discipline of steeplechasing, a sport invented in Ireland in the 18th century. A time when people rode horses rather bikes and went to church for the churchy stuff, rather than to try to bag a school place. (We know, crazy.) If you want to witness traditional steeplechasing these days, you’ll need to visit a country point-to-point, the Cheltenham Festival or your local branch of William Hill. (Other bookmakers are available.)

Alternatively, you could take part in the inaugural edition of the Pearson Steeplechase, which takes place in April 2024. Staged across the rolling Surrey countryside, the event offers two different courses on two types of terrain; gravel grinders can sign up to a 60km off-road ride, while road riders can opt for a 100km route on the hard stuff. According to experts (us), a good roadie and their gravel riding equivalent should complete their respective distances in roughly the same time. 

Whichever course you choose, riders will be required to pass multiple landmarks all of which are, funnily enough, church steeples. The event is likely to be competitive but, like the Lord’s house, all are welcome. Indeed, for those of you who conclude that slow-and-steady doesn’t win the race but frankly who cares, Pearson will be waiting at the finish line with a beverage or two. Because, in contrast to the abundance of steeples you’ll encounter en route, the Pearson Steeplechase concludes at one place commonly worshipped by cyclists, that is Box Hill.

In support of our mental health charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).