Tina and Mark

couple on tandem

Tina and Mark are gearing up for their third consecutive London to Brighton Bike Ride, taking on the iconic course from city to coast. Over the past three years, the tandem riders have raised over £4,000 for BHF’s life saving research. As they prepare to saddle up for this year’s ride on June 17, with enthusiasm undimmed, Tina offers us an insight into the big ride.

The support we got along the way was out of this world.

When we first signed up in 2016, I hadn’t been on a bike for 15 years. I didn’t even own one. We were doing the ride, partly, for a challenge. So, I bought a mountain bike and started training. No road riding, though, just off road in the countryside. What’s more, we decided – for a bit of fun – that we’d complete the ride on a tandem. Another first!  

I was a bit nervous before that first ride in 2016, but as soon as we started I soaked up the atmosphere and felt at ease. The BHF had done an amazing job organising everything and I felt a rush of pride as we set off on the 56 mile journey from Clapham Common to Brighton’s seaside. The support we got along the way was out of this world. Fellow cyclists, event organisers and the crowds that lined the route were cheering us on every pedal of the way. 

Even kids were giving out sweets and cakes. And I have to admit, a few people made comments about me having my feet up on the back of the tandem!
The rest stops were all perfectly positioned – and they were needed, too, along with the water pistols and hose downs we get from spectators. That first ride in 2016 was a hot day. 

Reaching the top of Ditchin Beacon was an emotional moment, knowing that the last seven miles was all downhill into Brighton. There were so many people there to clap and congratulate as we crossed the finish line.  

And now, we’re ready to do it all again.  

To help us fund our vital research, take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2019. Together, we will beat heartbreak forever.