CYCLISTS have flooded the seafront to challenge themselves and raise money for charity in the London Brighton Cycle.
At the event, cyclists tested themselves on the 55-mile route, which meanders through Sussex before ending on Madeira Drive near Palace Pier.
Roads were closed to those entering the city as the finish line became a sea of weary but enthusiastic drivers.
Vince Mondezi, 63, said: “It was great! All cyclists were very, very friendly.
“I only did it as a personal challenge, if you’ve never done it and you’re a cyclist you should definitely do it.”
Like many riders, Vince said the most difficult part of the ride was the grueling Ditchling Beacon because “at every corner you thought you were up, but you weren’t”.
Father-son team Lawrence and Andrew Still, 31 and 60, agreed, with Lawrence adding that “the hill was different, but when you get to the top there’s no better feeling”.
Andrew, who rode the route for the second time, said: “Let’s find a beer and celebrate!”
This year’s ride comes despite the death of Queen Elizabeth II, which has seen many other events cancelled.
In a statement, organizers of the event said they offer their condolences to the royal family but have a “huge responsibility to both our charities who depend on the significant amount of funds raised and you, the attendees, who have been training so hard have for this day and do it for your own personal reasons”.
One of these charities is the Alzheimer’s Association, for which Alistair Hudson drove. Alistair, who has dementia, said he was “worried about losing track of people” but “it was very good and really well set up”.
He added, “I can’t think of anything else that could have made it better.”
The London to Brighton cycle is the second trip of its kind this year and raises money for a range of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital and cancer charity Macmillan.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21273603.london-brighton-cycle-takes-place-despite-queen-death/?ref=rss The London to Brighton cycle takes place despite the Queen’s death