Sun shines on cyclists old and young for annual bike ride

DM16121729a.jpg Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2016. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160506-203736008
DM16121729a.jpg Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2016. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160506-203736008

Crowds of cyclists took to the roads of Burgess Hill and surrounding countryside on Sunday June 5 for the towns’ 24th annual bike ride.

The organisers had been met with significant challenges in the run-up to this year’s event, but it was a success and participants raised thousands of pounds for charities serving Sussex and beyond.

DM16121750a.jpg Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2016. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160506-202657008

DM16121750a.jpg Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2016. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160506-202657008

Secretary of Burgess Hill Bike Ride David Wickens said: “The bike ride took place in glorious sunshine.

“With approximately 400 participants and an army of helpers and marshals the ride ran smoothly with individuals, families and cycling clubs undertaking ten, 20 or the more challenging 40 mile route around Mid Sussex.

“Earlier this year founder member and chair of the Bike Ride, Malcolm Stephens, died suddenly and all involved with the ride were very keen that the ride should continue with its usual high standard of organisation.

“This was achieved and thanks are also due to the many sponsors who, through their support, helped raise close to £6,000, for the Sussex Cancer Fund and other local charitable projects supported by the joint organisers, Burgess Hill District Lions and Burgess Hill and District Rotary Club.”

DM16121812a.jpg Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2016. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160506-202815008

DM16121812a.jpg Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2016. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160506-202815008

Next year is the event’s 25th Anniversary and it has already been confirmed to take place on Sunday June 4, at the start of the Burgess Hill Festival.

David appealed to budding participants: “Please put this date in your diary and get that old cycle out of your shed.”

For more information about the event and details of how to contact the organisers go to www.burgesshillbikeride.co.uk