The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride is gaining great speed even though it doesn’t take place until April next year.
Riders can now register to take part as the website is now live and two more sponsors have also signed up.
“April may seem months away but there is no time like the present to sign up and take advantage of early booking discounts,” said Mike Oliver one of the Bike Ride organisers.
Riders can now book and pay at Haywards Heath Town Hall in Boltro Road.
The ride is also becoming more international.
Traunstein, Haywards Heath’s German twin, has committed to send over a team to ride next year.
They won’t be the only ones from across the sea, as the town’s French partner, Bondues, is also taking part.
In September cyclists from the town visited Haywards Heath and cycled part of the route. On the way, Etienne Lefebvre and Lucien Maltray stopped over in Tenterden in Kent where one of the Bike Ride Team, Mike Oliver, met them to show them the way into the town.
Mayor John Sabin, who invited the French team over, said: “I thought it only fair to invited our German twins too.
“It could become a hotly contested international event.”
Nuffield Hospital in Haywards Heath and Masters and Sons in Lindfield have joined other sponsors, the Orchards Shopping Centre and First Central Insurance Management, to support the event.
Andrew Lennox, from Nuffield, said: “The popularity of the bike ride has mushroomed over its first two years which is a great tribute to the organisers and to the town.
“We’re delighted to be supporting it next year, and look forward to seeing it achieve its 1,500 rider target.”
Ian Masters added: “It has become a highly successful event in our area and we’re so pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.”
Ride organisers hope the event will help them to buy defibrillators to be placed at key locations in the area, leaving a Bike Ride legacy for the whole community.
“Our goal of buying defibrillators for the town and surrounding area is providing a big attraction to sponsors and, no doubt, to riders,” said Mike. “But there are plenty of sponsors and marshalling opportunities, great and small, to be part of our event, so come and join us.”
For more information visit - www.hhbikeride.co.uk