More than 1,300 cyclists took to the streets of central London today in aid of the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
The Hero Ride saw hundreds of organised bike rides from around the country meeting in Blackheath, southeast London before travelling together to the finish line at Horse Guards Parade.
ITV News reporter Piers Hopkirk reports:
Singer and former Life Guards officer James Blunt told ITV News why he chose to take part in today's bike ride for Help for Heroes, explaining the armed forces charity is "a wonderful thing":
The armed forces charity Help for Heroes has thanked everyone who watched today's Hero Ride through London for their support:
A huge thankyou to everyone who came down today to cheer them on! What a day! Smiles all round! #heroride see you next year!
Help for Heroes patron Mark Cavendish told ITV News the support for today's Hero Ride through London was "pretty special" and "humbling":
The armed forces charity Help for Heroes has revealed some facts about today's Hero Ride through London on its Twitter page:
#heroride Fact: We had 349 female and 985 male participants taking part today, 26 are children and 1309 are adults.
#heroride Fact: By the time they all get to Blackheath they will have cycled a combined 210,282 Miles!
Today's Hero Ride cycling event in central London is expected to raise around £1 million for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
Singer James Blunt was among those who took part in the challenge, while road cyclist Mark Cavendish and his model fiancee Peta Todd gave their support to the participants as they completed their rides.
Blunt, who was an officer in the Life Guards and served in Kosovo before his music career, said: "For me the most inspiring thing was seeing at the very front of the peloton a group of our wounded soldiers.
"Rather than me with my two arms and two legs on my bicycle, some of them are missing one or two or three limbs, and still they've been the fastest and the fittest and the guys with the biggest smiles on their faces".
More than 1,300 cyclists are taking to central London's streets for today's Hero Ride, in aid of the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
They include 300 fundraisers who arrived in the capital from Paris, having cycled from France over five days.
Those taking part are cycling more than 350 miles through the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.
Other self-organised rides are taking place from various locations and meeting in Blackheath, southeast London, before culminating at Horse Guards Parade.
A co-founder of Help for Heroes has appealed for the public to support today's planned Hero Ride.
Bryn Parry said:
– Bryn Parry
We are asking anyone who can, to join us in London (today), line the route of Hero Ride, donate and demonstrate your dignified respect and long-term commitment to those who serve and risk all on our behalf.
To our great British public, we thank you sincerely for your wonderful, continued support.
To ride alongside a young man missing three limbs as he powers his handbike up yet another hill, in the pouring rain, determined to complete a 90-mile day is inspiration enough to understand why our support is so needed, so important and must endure."
Hero Ride, a charity race organised by Help for Heroes, will be arriving in London later today, following a week full of money-raising efforts across the country.
Over 1,000 cyclists will meet in Blackheath, having completed their own individual charity bike rides, to cycle the final ten miles to the finish line at Horse Guards Parade.