Local homeless charity, Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) is teaming up with The Living Coast to create the ‘Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge’ on Sunday the 1st July as a celebration of cycling and the world-class environment that we live in.
Commencing at the Preston Park Velodrome at 7am, this all day family-friendly event is open to the whole community and to people of all abilities. Cyclists can take part in the ‘Around the World Challenge’ with the aim to collectively ride the distance around the world, 40,075km, in 12 hours. Family-fun entertainment will take place throughout the day, and designated slots will be run for families and cycle clubs.
Alternatively, cyclists can enjoy the beauty of The Living Coast, a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Region, by cycling a 30 or 58 mile route along the coast and out to the South Downs, starting and finishing at the Velodrome.
Cyclists on these rides can raise money for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, to support local men and women to move away from the streets, or for other good causes of their choosing.
Andy Winter, Chief Executive of BHT said: “We are extremely excited about running an even bigger and more exciting event this year. We didn’t quite clock up the mileage around the world last year, but we were overwhelmed by the support of over 350 people on the day who raised over £15,000 to help people to move away from the streets and live independent and healthy lives. This year promises to be even better.”
Rich Howorth, Biosphere Programme Manager for The Living Coast, said: “Our mission is to connect people and nature to pioneer a positive future for both as an international demonstration area for sustainable living. By partnering with BHT at this event, we are linking our local social and environmental objectives whilst raising money for great causes.
“We want the local community to enjoy and help sustain The Living Coast that brings together the towns, downs and coast of this UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Region within the Greater Brighton area.”