Farmers Weekly staff cycled the 55 miles from London to Brighton on Sunday morning (15 June), raising well over £3500 for the British Heart Foundation.

Cycling as the Farmers Weekly Wheelers, the eight intrepid journalists – plus a few extras – set off from Clapham Common in south London at 6.30am, joining around 28,000 other cyclists making the journey to the south coast.

“We were blessed with perfect weather and the early start meant we were able to get out of town before the real crowds built up,” said FW Europe editor Philip Clarke. “As ever, the biggest challenge was Ditchling Beacon – a steep 270m climb at the end of the ride – but most of our team made it to the top in one.”

The event is really about raising money for the British Heart Foundation and the Farmers Weekly Wheelers have eclipsed their target of £2000. The team web page has now topped £1000 and individual fund raising efforts have pulled in another £1860. Including the government’s 28% tax rebate on charitable donations, that is equivalent to £3660.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed. If you still want to donate, then visit our web page.

The following pictures chart the day:

l2b start

OMG it’s early! 6.15am and the Farmers Weekly Wheelers meet at the start.

l2b mike

No turning back. Mike and Hugh are resigned to their fate.

l2b banana

Grant finds time for just one more banana.

l2b stop

16 miles gone and time for the first pit stop at Fanny’s Farm.

l2b wee

Did someone say pit stop?

l2b tractor

Machinery editor David Cousins (left) forces everyone to pose in front of a John Deere.

l2b repair

Technical problems. Ian loses his bearings.

l2b lunch

It was not all blood, sweat and tears, as the team stopped off at FW editor Jane King’s pad for an early lunch.

l2b beacon

Ditchling Beacon was definitely blood, sweat and tears…

l2b ian

…but business editor Ian Ashbridge still has a smile on his face.

l2b trio

The good, the bad and the ugly ride into Brighton.

l2b finish

Job done!

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