Cyclists raise £200,000 for 20th anniversary of iconic Capital to Coast ride

1 July 2015

Around a thousand cyclists battled soaring temperatures and surprise Summer showers to cross the Brighton finish line at the annual LA fitness Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity, organised by Norwood.

The ride began at London’s landmark Coca-Cola London Eye, with cyclists choosing from 60, 80 or 100 mile routes though the South Downs and on towards the coast.

Celebrating its 20th year, the ride is now firmly established as the alternative London to Brighton bike ride, with quiet roads, scenic routes and an unbeatable atmosphere. The event is on target to raise £200,000 for two UK charities: Norwood, a leading children, family and learning disability charity, and the Down’s Syndrome Association, which supports people with Down’s Syndrome to lead full and rewarding lives.

As ever, the toughest climb of the ride was the notorious Devil’s Dyke, with a steep 153m incline, guaranteed to leave thighs aching.

The LA fitness Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity is aimed at all ages and abilities, and encourages those with disabilities to take part. This year five cyclists with learning disabilities were supported by Norwood to take part, riding on tandem bikes.

Pete Girvan who was a part of Norwood’s tandem team said: "Raising money for Norwood means you’re putting money in the right place, so Norwood can help more people." This is Peter’s fifth Capital to Coast ride.

First time rider Mathew Hickman said: "It’s a great experience and it’s all for charity, it’s all for a good cause."

Ian Tate, Business Development Manager for Challenges at Norwood said: "As always, it was a great day. The energy and atmosphere along the route were fantastic. All the riders did tremendously well, raising a incredible amount for the partner charities. I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the 20th anniversary ride such a great success."

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