The Brighton2Brussels Charity Bike Ride was completed this year by Will on behalf of HOP and as part of the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium (B&HPC).
The B&HPC organises a charity cycle ride every year in aid of the Mayor of Brighton’s Charities, which this year, as chosen by Councillor Mo Marsh, were Albion in the Community, the Martlets Hospice, RISE, the Clock Tower Sanctuary and the Sussex Heart Charity.
The team started this year’s ride with a Guinness World Record attempt to be the first to cycle a “Mile in the Sky”, completing 40 laps each around the i360 whilst it was up at the top! From there they rode BTNbikes up to the station where they took the train to St Pancras for the Eurostar.
They arrived in Brussels on the 3rd May 2018 for a tour of the European Parliament and the impressive Parliament Hemicycle room. HOP Managing Director, Jon Orrell, joined the team in the centre of Brussels for a few celebratory beverages and the grand opening of the Brighton Fringe Festival, where they started the countdown to the opening fireworks!
Just before lunch in Oudenarde, they were met by the famous Flemish ‘Tour of Flanders’ Koppenberg cobbled hill climb. Mike Oliver of Mike Oliver Associates (MOA) sponsored a race up to the top. Will managed to complete it in 2 minutes 36 seconds to win the challenge, beating the rider in second place by 15 seconds and so winning the Koppenberg Yellow Jersey and medal courtesy of MOA.
The route involved a total ride of around 150 miles spanning over 3 days. Will wishes to thank everyone who donated to the cause. In total, the B&HPC will have raised over £50,000 for these local charities which will be extremely beneficial to the local community. Long may it continue next year!