Members of Healys Lauren Fitzgerald and Jack Wingrove, taking part in the Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride in aid of the Mayor’s Charities will attempt a new record by cycling the first mile of their journey in the sky.
This year’s charity bike ride will start at the British Airways i360 on May 3, with the 40 riders cycling a mile around the inside of the pod as it glides up to 450ft and back again. The participants will then continue their ride on to Brussels.
Several cyclists from the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium (BAHPC), tested the pod cycle on Monday February 19.
Lauren Fitzgerald said: “I am very excited about the ride and getting fit in the process. I am expecting it to be a lot of fun and also hard work. It will be an excellent opportunity to get to know some of my peers and colleagues on a personal level.”
British Airways i360 was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. Executive director Steve Bax said: “The test ride went brilliantly and we’re all excited about welcoming the full team of cyclists onto the British Airways i360 pod on May 3 and to seeing them off to Brussels in style!”
BAHPC founder and cycle ride organiser Colin Brace is hoping the mile in the sky will set a new record with Guinness World Records or a similar organisation.
He said: “I am thrilled that we have developed such a close working relationship with British Airways i360 and we are very grateful for their support. This will be the first stage of our four-day cycling event and our aim is to raise over £50,000 to help support the most vulnerable residents of our city. There’s still time to sponsor us, or even to sign up, saddle up and join in!”