Thousands of cyclists make their way from London to Brighton

20 June 2016        

Category: Fundraising

Group of people holding a bike in the air

Thousands of cyclists united in the fight against heart and circulatory disease as they took on our legendary London to Brighton Bike Ride, supported by Tesco and Jaffa.

Now in its 41st year, our London to Brighton Bike Ride is Europe’s oldest charity cycle ride and has seen over 750,000 riders cross the finish line, pedalling more than 40 million miles between them and raising over £57 million in our fight against heart disease. This year, around £2 million is expected to be raised from this iconic event, which will help fund our essential research into preventing heart disease and revolutionising treatments for people living with debilitating heart conditions.

On the day

Over 14,000 BHF supporters gathered in the early hours of Sunday morning at Clapham Common before setting off on the 54-mile fundraising challenge from city to sea. Riders were welcomed at Brighton’s famous promenade at Madeira Drive with cheers from supporters and a fun beach party put on by our sponsors, Tesco and Jaffa.  

Cyclists were riding to stop the devastation caused by heart and circulatory disease. Every three minutes someone will lose their life to heart and circulatory disease. In the UK it is responsible more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all deaths each year. But we are fighting back through our vital heart research. 

Nancy Smyth, our Head of Events, said: “There is always such excitement at the start of our most popular event and this year was no exception. It is great to see so many people take part year on year, including heart attack survivors, those living with heart conditions or those proudly riding in memory of a loved one they have lost to heart disease.”

“The success of this event is testament to the fact that cycling is such an inclusive sport that everyone can enjoy and we are truly grateful to all our supporters for getting on their bikes and fundraising. Every penny raised helps us fund pioneering research that will help more than 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory disease.”

Join the fight

Registration for next year’s event opens today. All participants who sign up before the 30 June will receive a £10 discount on the registration price.

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