On June 16th 2019 two Restore employees undertook the London to Brighton charity bike ride in aid of British Heart Foundation.
Known as Europe's oldest charity ride, the event drew in almost 15,000 cyclists ready to take on the 54 mile route from Clapham Common to Brighton beach on the south coast.
Daniel Kirby from Restore Technology and Michael Spence from Restore Harrow Green were able to raise over £1000 for the charity thanks to generous donations from colleagues, family and friends.
They departed from Clapham at 7.30am, hopeful that the bright and cool weather would hold out for the journey, unfortunately it wasn't long before the rain and winds picked up, continuing for long portions of the race. Nevertheless the atmosphere was a positive one, with riders sharing jokes and encouragement as they gradually covered the miles through the hilly English countryside.
The event was well organised, with medics, mechanics and BHF stewards stationed at regular intervals. Stewards and members of the public were shouting words of encouragement to the riders, and at Brighton beach the final stretch to the finish line was busy with supporters cheering on each rider as they completed their journeys.
In total, £2 million has been raised from this year's event, money which will go towards funding vital research which will help us understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory diseases, which claim the lives of 170,000 people in the UK each year.
This year was the 44th in the history of the event, which has seen amateur and experienced riders cycle 41 million miles between them and raise over £70 milion to help the charity 'beat heartbreak forever'.