MORE than 1,000 riders braved the elements as they took part the Round the Harbours cycle ride.
The charity event organised by the British Heart Foundation drew cyclists from across the area to raise money on its 60-mile gear-changing adventure.
Nathan Carr, 43, from Wiltshire, said: ‘I’m doing the ride in memory of my brother who died from a heart condition while riding his bike.
‘The cause is great and I've brought my wife and friends along to fundraise for it.’
Cyclists of all abilities turned out for the ride, which offered an alternative 30-mile route as well.
Regional event manager for the BHF, Kate Glover, hopes the ride will raise £65,000.
She said: ‘It was a great turnout.
‘It wasn’t the best weather but everyone was happy and enthusiastic.
‘The people were incredible. They were doing it all for their friends and loved ones.’
The ride, which started 25 years ago, greets new cyclists every year.
Dee Williams, 56, from Havant, said: ‘It’s great because it’s fun and it’s got me out socialising.
‘My husband died of a heart attack, so for the past three years I’ve been learning how to ride a bike with friends.’
Dr Jason Greenslade, from the Waterside Medical Practice on Hayling Island, had a more prescriptive reason for taking part: ‘We’re here to set an example to our patients.’