By Harvey Sayer
Thousands of fundraisers cycled a total of 41 million miles to raise money for the British Heart Foundation on Sunday (June 16).
The British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike ride is an annual event, and 2019 was the 44th edition of the 54-mile ride.
The route begins on Clapham Common and takes riders through the south of London, and down past Surrey and Sussex, finishing on Brighton seafront.
At Madeira Terrace, there were crowds of people waiting to cheer the riders down the final straight, and a Beach Village to relax in afterwards.
More than 15,000 people took part in Europe’s oldest charity bike ride.
In total, 41 million miles were pedalled by those who took part this year, and between them, they raised more than £2 million.
The money raised will go towards helping the British Heart Foundation fund research to understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory diseases.
Each year heart-related diseases claim the lives of 170,000 people in the UK.
The ride is not staged as a race and participants are free to leave the starting point at any time throughout the day.
Due to its relaxed participation, the event attracts all range of cycling abilities from amateur to elite.
The British Heart Foundation is already accepting applications for next year’s event, which will take place on June 21, 2020.