London To Brighton Cycle Returns for 37th Year

More than 27,000 cyclists took part in a 54-mile bike ride from London to Brighton this week to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Riders stared at Clapham common at 6am with the first few riders finishing in Brighton at 9am.

More than 27,000 cyclists took part in a 54-mile bike ride from London to Brighton this week to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Riders stared at Clapham common at 6am with the first few riders finishing in Brighton at 9am.

The event, which is now in its 37th year, is said to have raised more than £50million for the chairty.

It was no easy ride though. The toughest part saw participants climb 247m up the Ditchling Beacon on the outskirts of Brighton. This gruelling part of the route took the average cyclist 15 minutes to conquer.

Toby Field, who took part in the event to commemorate his farther who died of a heart attack explained where his cycling life started;

“I wanted a cheap bike so I could ride around the park with my kids. I was walking and they were leaving me behind. That’s where it all started.”

Major roads were closed along the route out of London through Sussex and in to Brighton to ensure the event was safe for cyclists.