Good luck to Team Bikeability

A fantastic team of 14 intrepid cyclists will be braving the heat to take on a 54-mile charity ride from London to Brighton this Sunday.

June 15, 2023


Run by the British Heart Foundation, it is the oldest charity cycle ride in Europe. Our riders will be cycling across the beautiful Sussex countryside to the sea, while raising valuable funds for cycling projects nationwide. 

The money raised by the riders will be going to support the Bikeability Innovation Fund, which helps us ensure we can provide as many children as possible with Bikeability training, whatever their background, ability or additional needs. We want to make sure everyone has the confidence to cycle and enjoy this skill for life. 

We have some fantastic people riding for us, here are two of their stories.

Shahnaj’s story 

Shahnaj is a Mental Health Nurse at the East London NHS Foundation Trust. She loves cycling and has recently started volunteering with CycleSisters as a ride leader, who help Muslim women build their confidence in cycling. Shannaj’s children did Bikeability sessions at school, and she saw the difference that made to their confidence as cyclists. During the pandemic Shahnaj and her kids rediscovered their love for cycling, as it helped them get through lockdown.

Shahnaj said: “I chose to fundraise for The Bikeability Trust because I feel they do an amazing job in helping children to access these cycling opportunities.”

Photo of Shahnaj and her daughter

“I believe the skills they gain through The Bikeability Trust are an investment in our young people’s physical health, mental wellbeing and our environment. I hope the funds raised will help to continue their good work.” 

Susannah’s story 

Susannah’s father sadly died in a road traffic accident in December while out on his bicycle and Susannah wanted to do the London to Brighton ride this year in his memory.  

Her father rode his bicycle all his life, as a postman he delivered letters by bike and even owned some unusual specimens, including a Penny Farthing. 

Susannah is taking part in London to Brighton with her partner Graham (pictured with her below). 

Photo of Susannah and Graham

“I decided to do the London to Brighton bike ride this year because it’s on Father’s Day and I want to spend the day thinking of him and doing what he loved. I’m raising money for the Bikeability Trust because they teach valuable cycling skills and road safety.”

Team Bikeability 

These are just some of the amazing stories of the fantastic people taking part. Among our riders we also have two Bikeability instructor, Emma and Usma, our CEO Emily Cherry and one of our Trustees, Andrew Milbourne. We also have members of the public who have stepped up to help us raise money to support cycling for everyone. You can find more about some of our riders and donate to their fundraising pages here. 

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