Brighton to Brighton Bike Ride
Pedal Power raises in excess of £20,000 for Starr Trust
On a damp wet morning in June, 34 brave cyclists set off by coach to a tiny village in Cornwall called Brighton, where they geared themselves up for the cycle ride of their lives, the Brighton to Brighton Bike Ride. This brand new charity event on the summer calendar attracted a wide range of abilities, from keen regular cyclists to those looking for a challenge. Over 4 days, from June 22-26, the cyclists peddled along the picturesque country and coastal ‘Route 2’, through Exeter, Lyme Regis and Bournemouth, covering an incredible 277 miles.
This gruelling event was the brainchild of team leader Tony Wright who planned the route and ensured that everyone was kept safe, but it was only made possible by the generosity of sponsor The Implant Centre along with support from other local businesses like Rix & Kay Solicitors and Crest Nicholson.
Our Events Manager Tracey said “Everybody completed the miles and made a huge effort to support each other along the way. We saw some fantastic scenery and met lovely locals in the villages we passed through. We arrived back on a sunny Sunday afternoon where we were greeted by cheers from friends and family at a welcome home party held for us by Brighton’s Big Screen on Brighton beach. We raised in excess of £20,000 with monies still coming in and we’re so grateful for all the support we received.”
What people said about the Bike Ride:
“Many thanks to yourselves, Tony and everyone at the Starr Trust for organising a thoroughly enjoyable (and challenging!) event. We will keep pushing the sponsorship as far as we can - Already excited about the next one!” - Dan Tassell
“Many thanks Neil, Crest, and the Starr Trust. A very enjoyable few days, with hopefully plenty of money raised. Can I request maybe a tougher first day next year? A bit further, a bit hillier? Thanks again for the opportunity” - James Baulch
“It was huge fun and a real pleasure to spend a few days with you all in the sunshine, the rain and the bar. I hope that the event turns out to be a lucrative one for the Trust and enables it to continue its great work with the young people of Brighton. See you next year? I get the feeling there would be an appetite for a return match…” - Neil Dawtrey
“Congratulations to your team for such a successful event. I know our guys really enjoyed themselves. We waved them all through Wimborne - I think quite a few of them were confused as to why we were clapping!” - Debi Peacock, Reuby & Stagg
“I would also like to thank Tracey, Rosie, Brown and Tony – the ride would not have been possible without all your hard work and support. Well done to all that took part and I hope we all raise lots of cash for the Starr Trust” - Steve Porter
“Thanks to our support crew - Tracey, Rosie and Brown. We couldn’t have done this ride without you all. You were always there for everyone, your support was fantastic. Many thanks.” - Lynn Wardill
“I echo the thanks for Rosie, Tracey, Brown and Tony. Your support throughout was invaluable and smiling faces at the rest stops were a real tonic. Thank you.” - Janet Hall
Our Bike Ride Blog (Archive):
22nd June 2016
Good luck to everyone taking part in the 277 mile Brighton to Brighton Bike Ride today! Almost 40 cyclists will be coaching it down to the beautiful Cornish village of Brighton for this incredible 4 day ‘Route 2’ cycle ride.
Thank you Rix & Kay Solicitors and Reuby & Stagg for kindly sponsoring the clothing, and to event sponsors The Implant Centre.
Please sponsor our lead cyclist heading the team, Tony Wright, by clicking here.
23rd June 2016
Many thanks to Sharon, manager of the Beefeater Premier Inn in Fraddon; superb work on dinner and breakfast! Thanks also to Trudi and Amy at Premier Inn, who were super helpful in accommodating all the bikers and their bikes!
Update: Arrived in Tavistock. Thanks to Ellie and the lovely staff at the Wharf Theatre for letting us set up in their car park.
24th June 2016
An update from Tracey: The first day went well, with great weather. We stopped at Gwel-an-Nans Farm where we were welcomed by Gerald and his lovely wife Sheila who allowed us to set up refreshments on their gorgeous camp site and use the facilities; worth a trip! Then it was off to Tavistock where we were welcomed and had a nice break by the river. Fab photos taken by all in town of Minions and on the moors (dodging sheep and ponies); gorgeous views but lots of hills! Finally arrived at Premier Inn Exeter (South Hay Gardens), where we were completely looked after by fabulous manager Tim, his assistant Nicola and chefs Steve and Steve! Starr cyclist of the day went to team Fran and the girls who did a gruelling 8am to 9 pm! Excellent effort by all!
25th June 2016
A rainy start as we headed for Lyme Regis; set up refreshments on the beach until the wind blew our gazebo away! Everybody got coffee and lunch then headed to the gorgeous town of Beaminster, where we took over the square, then had lunch in Dorchester for early afternoon. Thanks to Sophie and Caroline for organising our rooms at Premier Inn. Then a little visit to Mark at the Morrish and Banham wine merchant; worth a visit if you’re ever down this way!
26th June 2016
We left in glorious sunshine for a lovely cycle through the New Forest. Garmins had a mad moment, so a few hiccups and delayed arrivals, but we finally all met up in Burley at the old farm house tea shop. We had a lovely lunch before a slightly soggy cycle to Southampton. There was a detour for poor Tony, who was ran off the road by a driver who then took off! Brown rescued him thankfully and Rosie drove him to Martin at Worthing’s bike shop. We’re now all resting ahead of the last leg to our Big Screen welcome home party.
The Last Leg - Sunday 26th June 2016
Last day of the bike ride via Littlehampton on Sunday where the cyclists stopped for fish & chips and ice cream. They then headed into Brighton to join Brighton Big Screen outdoor cinema where Bill Murray threw them a fabulous party and they were welcomed in by friends and family. Sadly team Fran were late coming in as a car knocked Sheena off her bike! But she was determined to finish so they got back on and managed to make it home. What dedication. We are so proud of all our cyclists!
30th June 2016
Congratulations to all the cyclists for completing the gruelling Brighton To Brighton Bike Ride; an achievement to be proud of!
Many thanks again to everyone who sponsored and supported the ride: The Implant Centre, Rix & Kay Solicitors, Reuby & Stagg, David Smith from Clif Bar, Murray Media, Brown’s Bikes, The Bike Store Worthing, Tara Signs, Aquaid, Brighton & Hove Buses, Brighton’s Big Screen, John at Cycle Transfer, Co-op Food Blatchington Rd and Morrison’s Kemp Town