MORE THAN 22,000 cyclists got on their bikes for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) 40th London to Brighton Bike Ride.
This year the iconic ride, supported by Tesco, saw thousands more cyclists join and pedal the 54-mile route to raise funds for the BHF.
Amongst those who showed sheer determination on the day was Peter Brent, 47, of Fareham, who rode in memory of Verity Wells.
Peter said: ‘Taking part in this event was a real challenge and an incredible experience.
‘The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and I am proud to have been part of this milestone day.
‘Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.’
BHF ambassador, Pippa Middleton, was also among the riders.
Pippa set off from Clapham early Sunday morning with her team before arriving in Brighton.
Tristam Jones, head of events at the BHF, said: ‘The London to Brighton Bike Ride is the flagship fundraising event for the BHF.
‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to Pippa and all the cyclists and their sponsors for their support.
‘We would also like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who came to help at both the start in Clapham and the finish in Brighton.
‘Our cyclists rely on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the Bike Ride possible.’
The London to Brighton Bike Ride is the oldest and largest charity bike ride in Europe.
In its history, more than 800,000 riders have taken part in the event, pedalling more than 40 million miles between them and raising more than £65 million to support the foundation’s research.
The Bike Ride is part of the BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride Series which includes the London to Brighton Night Ride (July 11 to 12) and the London to Brighton Off-Road Ride (September 26).
All the money raised goes towards helping to fund research needed to fight heart disease.