As the British Heart Foundation closed registrations for its London to Brighton bike ride, leading UK fashion designer, Jeff Banks, this week announced that he will be donning his cycling shirt and taking to the saddle on Sunday 16 July 2006 when, for the second year running, he takes part in Capital to Coast – The London to Hove Charity Bike Ride.
The 60-mile cycling challenge, sponsored by Condor Cycles, winds a scenic route from Hampton Court to Hove, raising money for four deserving causes: Norwood, a leading children and family services charity, the Down’s Syndrome Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Southern FM’s Help a Local Child. Funds raised help children and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, socially disadvantaged children and their families and people with cystic fibrosis.
Confirming that he had registered, Jeff Banks said: “It’s great to once again be participating in what, in my opinion, is the best charity bike ride in the country!”
Capital to Coast organisers are urging cyclists turned away by the British Heart Foundation not to despair, but rather to register for this charity challenge instead. As co-ordinator Rochelle Shorrick explains: “We still have spaces on our ride. Capital To Coast follows an alternative route from London to Brighton, it will be less crowded, there’s an option to ride 30 or 60 miles and it’s in aid of more than one charity. It is going to be a really enjoyable day and we promise, once you’ve participated in this event, there’s no looking back!”
In the next few weeks, Norwood will hold a series of Capital to Coast road-shows in London, at which the public will have a chance to chat with past competitors, sign up for the event and find out about the charities involved. These road shows will take place at Condor Cycles Ltd, 51 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8PP, on 7 June and 6 July, between 12.00 and 14.00.
Registration for Capital To Coast is just £20 for the full 60 miles or £15 for a 30-mile ride designed for those cyclists who fear they will not be able to complete the full course! This year organisers are encouraging all participants do their bit to raise the suggested target of £200 sponsorship money and help make this year’s ride the most successful ever.