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We raised loads of lifesaving money in our fight for every heartbeat at this years event.

All your pedal power all the way from London to Brighton, and over Ditchling Beacon, has really helped us raise vital funds.

Our work isn't done though. We need you to continue the fight.

There are many events and fundraising opportunities available.

For all out cycling related events please visit

British Heart Foundation - London to Brighton Bike Ride 2014

http://www.bhf.org.uk/L2B

We raised loads of lifesaving money in our fight for every heartbeat at this years event.

All your pedal power all the way from London to Brighton, and over Ditchling Beacon, has really helped us raise vital funds.

Our work isn't done though. We need you to continue the fight.

There are many events and fundraising opportunities available.

For all out cycling related events please visit http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides.aspx

10 thoughts on “British Heart Foundation – London to Brighton Bike Ride 2014

  1. Shame the video fails to express the sheer numbers of people who take part
    and the consequential delays and difficulties riding the course, and the
    danger that the numbers allowed to take part actually cause. After 2 years
    doing the rude I shan’t be doing it again for safety reasons.

    1. It isn’t the numbers that’s the problem. It’s the attitude of the riders
      and some of the more experienced riders should have known better. Treating
      this large charity ride as a sportive is dangerous and the ‘unofficial’
      riders compounded the problems.

    2. +Steven Batty I did both this ride and the one to Southend – which are
      similar distances. I will not be doing the Brighton one again. It took 8
      hours. Southend took me 3.5. Southend was much safer, more enjoyable and
      quicker because there were less people. I am not an experienced or club
      rider, but those types didn’t make me feel unsafe. The hundreds of people
      going 2 miles an hour across the full width of the road and then stopping
      in the middle of the road made me feel unsafe – especially in cleats!

    3. +YO itz ASHLEY BSLWE
      I had a similar experience – a woman stopped broadside on to look for her
      friends! Overall there was bad behavior. Guys, let’s not forget why we are
      doing this. The BHF do a great job fighting heart disease. If I had to
      walk all the way carrying my bike on my back it would have been worth it.

  2. All I know is that unless you start at 6am you have no chance of cycling
    anywhere near half distance.. Too many people allowed to ride officially
    let alone the unofficials. Some time soon BHF are going to be found liable
    for a serious accident by not controlling the numbers entering safely.

  3. Yes, our experience was exactly the same. 8 hrs to do 54 miles, and having
    to walk miles of it due to the huge number of people. Funnily enough, the
    only hill that was clear enough to cycle up was Ditchling Beacon, the rest
    were just packed with walkers.

    The video is extremely misleading and not representative of the experience
    of most riders.

    Too crowded, too slow, too dangerous. Won’t be doing the ride again.

  4. I wont be taking part in this event again. Too many riders and too many
    unofficial stops which cause chaos and brings everyone to a halt causing a
    backlog and then having to get off your bike and walk. At one point after
    getting on and off the bike we actually had a run for one whole minute.
    Also, marshals not knowing their left from their right and motorists just
    frustrated with the whole thing as they get trapped in side roads unable to
    pull out. I saw a car driver shouting at a marshal to make us stop so he
    could pull out. Yeah, I’d like to see him try to stop 29.000 people who
    have been walking but have now got a chance to ride their bike to stop!
    Also, experienced cyclists whizzing in and out of other people becomes a
    hazzard and makes you very nervous on the down hill sections.

  5. Its sad to say that although an amazing cause I agree with the comments
    below (I am not a serious rider or club member) but found the stop start
    nature a nightmare – five of us did it together and two of the party were
    knocked off by other riders – one quite badly and yes the only hill you can
    cycle is Ditchling

  6. Hi everyone,
    Thank you for all of your comments. We’re always looking for ways to
    improve the experience for all our participants, as well as the safety for
    everyone taking part. We can only do this with your help, so it’d be really
    useful to us if you could send your comments and feedback to our team at
    bikeride@bhf.org.uk.

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