BP Living our purpose cycle ride 2023 Surrey Hills

Destination: Denbies, Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA
Duration:  1 day
Departs:  Friday September 8th 2023

Once again we are again taking our cycle ride to the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.  It will start at Denbies Wine Estate, located one and a half miles from the picturesque North Downs town of Dorking, with the iconic Box Hill and its breathtaking views close by.

Cyclists working for bp are invited to take part in the ride. It is open to employees, contractors and vendor partners.

There are now four routes to choose from, all heading out from the Denbies Wine Estate grounds and taking in the gorgeous rolling roads of the Surrey Hills, which really do offer something for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to riding or an experienced cyclist, the region offers stunning views either along the winding lanes or at the top of a punchy climb. If you do happen to be a more experienced cyclist looking to test your stamina, prepare for some inspired climbing action. For the rest of us, there will be two alternative shorter rides with much less climbing action. And of course, there is always the gravel route option, it was new in 2022 – somewhat muddy but enjoyed by enough for us to continue with it (subject to numbers to safely support)

Come and enjoy riding with friends and colleagues while challenging yourself to reach the finish and the BBQ that awaits! 


The proposed routes for bp Living our purpose cycle ride 2023

Our four routes need to be finalised and we will share details when that is done. The start point and end point might be the same, but we do try to mix up the in between each year!

They will be of differing lengths to suit the goals of all our participants.

The short route will be approximately 25k long and will be a route suitable for those new to cycling or just wanting to experience the Surrey countryside.

At 50k, the medium or Standard route (if using sportif language!) will be akin to a steady ride for the regular commuter or an added challenge for novice riders.

The longest or Epic route of 100k will take in a climb or two (or three?!) before returning riders home.

Finally, an ‘off-road’ gravel style route – IF we get numbers and can therefore safely support. If your preference is to do this, please indicate on sign up. However, as this is not certain, please ensure you are happy completing the road routes, and indicate which length you’d choose to do.

All ride routes and their course profile will be available prior to starting pedalling on Friday 8th September.

Donations to British Paralympic Association

As well as being a team event, the ride aims to raise money for the British Paralympic Association. Last year, we raised more than £10,500 for charity – (£14,000 with employee matching!) one of our highest ever and it would be great if we could beat that this year – we’ve set ourselves a target of £11,000 before employee matching!

All money raised will be donated to help athletes training for Paris 2024. We’re asking all cyclists to donate a minimum of £30 but please donate as much as you like (keen sportif riders will know what a similar event would cost to enter….without the Denbies breakfast & BBQ lunch!) – and we fully support people doing some extra fundraising themselves. 


To donate, follow the link at the bottom of the page and it will take you to our Just Giving page. 

Donations may also be eligible for the BP Employee Matching Fund scheme. Visit our Yammer Group where you can find out how!

New Kit – Jerseys and Caps

There is a newly designed Jersey for 2023 – the lead times mean that ordering closes off 8 weeks before the ride. So if you are interested in ordering please do so ASAP via this link.

If you would like free postage, select “Deliver to HQ” and we will bring your kit along to Denbies ready for you to wear for the event.




Book your place now


Remember to go to the donation page, make your donation and get your donation number – you’ll need it for registration! And of course – please do match now.

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