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London to Brighton Bike Rideby Julie Kempson, Jun 2019
An event that has been running since 1976, the 44th annual London to Brighton Bike ride takes place this Sunday 16th June, following a route through Surrey and Sussex countryside, the event begins at Clapham Common in London and ends at Brighton Beach covering 54 miles in total. Heralded as the flagship fund raiser for the British Heart Foundation, thousands of cyclists will take to the road, racing money for this worthwhile charity.
Some thirty thousand are expected to take part – amateurs enjoying a family fun day out ride alongside experienced cyclists – all with the same aim of having fun, enjoying the great British countryside and doing their bit for a good cause.
The route is never the same each year, although past years have seen it pass through Turners Hill, the northern edge of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the High Weald taking in also the stunning areas around Ardingly and the wonderfully pretty village of Lindfield.
Every year without fail, there is the notable climb at Ditchling Common to contend with, which gives way to some stunning views from the top of the South Downs, as cyclists finally get a glimpse of Brighton just down below, with the ride finishing at Madeira Drive on the seafront.
Riders can participate from the age of fourteen (as long as they are accompanied by an adult), and the ride can take (depending on fitness levels) anywhere from between 6 and 10 hours. To date over 650,000 riders have taken part in this event and have helped to raise over £40 million for the British Heart Foundation.