Sadiq Khan joins 14,000 people on bike ride from London to Brighton

Sadiq Khan joined tens of thousands of people on a bike ride from London to Brighton to raise money for research into cardiovascular disease.

The Mayor of London was one of 14,000 riders to take on Sunday’s 54-mile challenge from Clapham Common to the southeast coast.

The money raised with the ride will go to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to help researchers understand how to better prevent, diagnose and cure cardiovascular disease.

Tens of thousands took part (Doug Peters/PA)

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After arriving at the coast, Mr Khan said: “I was delighted to join 14,000 other cyclists who took the 84-mile route which took us from my home base in South London to the historic Brighton seafront where a fantastic crowd riders a much-needed boost for the final push.

“Most importantly, all of the money raised from today’s ride will go toward BHF’s life-saving research, helping support the 7.6 million people across the country who suffer from cardiovascular disease.”

The cycling tour, which is entering its 45th year, has raised more than £70 million for the BHF’s research, despite a two-year hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic.

The riders completed the 54-mile ride on Sunday (Doug Peters/PA)

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Jason Cooper, the drummer for British rock band The Cure, rode in memory of his former drum tech, Paul ‘Ricky’ Welton, who died of a heart attack in 2019.

He said: “It was a fantastic day. The atmosphere was great, especially the crowd that came into Brighton to cheer us on.

“I am proud to raise money for the BHF in memory of my great friend Ricky.

“He was a fantastic drum technician and we had important moments together. But more importantly, he was just a nice guy and we all miss him very much.”

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