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British Heart Foundation thanks two-wheel army

The British Heart Foundation has thanked committed cyclists who turned out in force for the ride today.

Nancy Prior, head of events at the BHF, said: "The London to Brighton Bike Ride is a flagship fundraising event for the BHF.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the cyclists and their sponsors for their support. Every penny you raise helps us fund pioneering research that supports heart patients and their families in their fight for every heartbeat.

Nearly 30, 000 cyclists set from Clapham today Credit: ITV News

She added, "We would also like to thank everyone who came to help at both the start in Clapham and the finish in Brighton. Our cyclists rely on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the bike ride possible."

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London to Brighton cyclists set off

Cyclists at the starting line of the charity ride Credit: ITV News

After months of preparation the wheels are finally in motion for thousands of cyclists taking part in the annual London to Brighton charity ride.

Nearly 29,000 are making the 54 mile journey this year, with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation campaign against coronary heart disease.

Riders set off from Clapham Common this morning Credit: ITV News

The weather was gloomy, but spirits at the starting line couldn't be dampened. The riders set off from Clapham Common at staggered times from 6am.