The organisers of this weekend’s Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge are urging people to bring water bottles with them as temperatures are expected to soar.
The Met Office has already issued a Level One heatwave warning and is expected to raise that to Level Two by the end of the week.
Andy Winter, the chief executive of Brighton Housing Trust which is organising the event to be held at the Preston Park Velodrome on Sunday (1st July), said: “Of course we are delighted that the forecasts are for glorious weather this weekend, but I do urge all those taking part to keep themselves well hydrated on their rides.
“We will have water available at the Velodrome for those taking part in this family friendly event, as well as at points on the more ambitious Living Coast rides through the South Downs. However, as this is an event where we are aiming to minimise the use of single use plastic products, we won’t be providing bottles ourselves and participants should bring their own which they can refill from our supplies.
“Given the wonderful weather forecast, there is no reason why people should not register now to take part. The Around the World Cycle Challenge takes part at the Preston Park Velodrome where we hope to complete a total of 69,215 laps, equivalent of cycling ‘around the world’.
“For those more ambitious, and who are regular cyclists, there are the Living Coast rides around the beautiful South Downs, one ride of 30 miles and the other, for very keen cyclists, of 58 miles.
“The heatwave is a timely reminder of the purpose of this event, to raise funds for First Base Day Centre where, throughout the year, rough sleepers can get water, tea and coffee, breakfasts and lunch, as well as other essentials to maintain basic dignity and life.”
For more information and to register, please go to www.bht.org.uk.