Cyclists raise £300,000 at the LA fitness Capital to Coast ride

2 July 2013

It’s been a brilliant day, extremely fun and nice to cycle with my friends.

Charity cyclists lined up in their hundreds on Sunday morning (June 30th) under the shadow of the EDF Energy London Eye on the capital’s Southbank for the start of the annual LA fitness Capital to Coast charity ride.

The event saw 600 riders starting from the Eye, while a further 800 set off from Kempton Park and other points along the route to the Brighton finishing line on the south coast.

The event was in aid of Norwood, a charity helping to support vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities, and the Down’s Syndrome Association. The Capital to Coast ride is open to cyclists of all abilities and encourages people with learning disabilities who benefit from the services provided by the partner charities, to take part in the ride – usually riding on tandems with their supporters. Their participation not only inspires other riders, but also instils an immense sense of achievement when they reach the finish line.

Amongst this year’s riders was Alex Sacks, 13, who took part in the cycle challenge with father, Gary Sacks, Norwood Fundraising Chair and Trustee, and Grandfather Ivan Sacks. Alex, together with two of his friends managed to raise an incredible £2,400 for Norwood. Following the ride, Alex, who attends Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School said: "The ride was brilliant! It feels great to finally help Norwood with my dad."

Also participating was Aron Coten, 17, from Harrow. On completion of the ride, Aron, who attends Hasmonean High School in Hendon said: "It’s been a brilliant day, extremely fun and nice to cycle with my friends."

Other cyclists included Jimmy Bier, 50, a Stockbroker from Finchley, who completed the 60 mile bike ride from Kempton Park Racecourse. Prior to the ride, Jimmy said: "I am excited about today’s ride because I always relish the opportunity to raise money for others."

Now in its 18th year, the LA fitness Capital to Coast ride has established itself as the alternative London to Brighton bike ride, and the event is on target to reach its goal of £300,000 for the charities.

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