Get ready for the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge 2019

by Sarah Ryman Events Spotlight on Health & wellbeing Author - Sarah Ryman Cycling

The Living Coast has teamed up once again with local homeless charity Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) to host the ‘Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge’ on Sunday the 19th May 2019 as a celebration of cycling and the Biosphere Region that we live in.

Commencing at the Preston Park Velodrome at 8am, this all day family-friendly event is open to the whole community and to people of all abilities. Cyclists can take part in the ‘Around the World Challenge’ with the aim to collectively ride the distance around the world, 40,075km, in a day. A family-friendly entertainment programme has been lined up, and there are designated slots for families and cycle clubs.

Alternatively, cyclists can enjoy the beauty of The Living Coast, a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Region, by cycling a 30 or 60 mile route along the coast and out to the South Downs, starting and finishing at the Velodrome.

Cyclists on these rides can raise money for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, to support local men and women to move away from the streets, or for other good causes of their choosing.

Andy Winter, Chief Executive of BHT said:

"We are extremely excited about running an even bigger and more exciting event this year. We didn’t quite clock up the mileage around the world last year (we reached Australia), but we were overwhelmed by the support of the hundreds of people who signed up to support the event and raised over £15,000 to help people to move away from rough sleeping. This year promises to be even better with more focus on supporting local charities to get involved to raise money for their own causes.”

Rich Howorth, Biosphere Programme Manager for The Living Coast took part in the challenge last year:

“Our mission is to connect people and nature to pioneer a positive future for both – by building relationships and inspiring better ways of living. The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge supports our environmental and social objectives with the added bonus of raising money for local good causes.

“What better way to enjoy The Living Coast than by joining us on a ride through the towns, downs and coast of our unique UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Region within the Greater Brighton area.”

For more information and to register to this event, please visit or contact the event organiser, Lauren Ellis at or on 01273 645492


The Living Coast was designated by UNESCO in 2014 as the Brighton & Lewes Downs World Biosphere Region, part of a global network of 669 686 sites that are pioneering a positive future for people and nature. It covers all of the land and inshore sea area between Shoreham and Newhaven and so brings together towns, downs and the coast in this world-class environment.

First Base offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in Brighton and Hove, including food, showers, clean and dry clothes, and support to get off the streets. First Base also provides opportunities for work experience and learning. In partnership with other agencies, a range of services are provided for our clients including dentistry, podiatry, nursing interventions, mental health advice and support, and accommodation and relocation services.

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