Families, children: join the challenge to cycle around the world in just 12 hours!

On July 1st, the O’Connell family in Brighton are taking part in the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge at the Preston Park velodrome to raise funds for Brighton Housing Trust’s work at First Base Day Centre supporting homeless people. They are appealing for more families to sign up.

Daniel – who works for BHT – and son Jacob O’Connell (aged 6) will be trying to clock up the miles with laps around the velodrome. The aim of the “Around the World Challenge” is to collectively cycle the circumference of the Earth (40,075km) in a day. This is 69,215 laps!

Jacob O’Connell

Last year Jacob managed 8 laps. He said:

“It was fun last time and I want to beat daddy now I’m bigger and I’ve got a new bike from Cranks. I want to do 20 laps this time.”

Daniel said: “Every day First Base staff and volunteers make an inspiring difference to people who have many different needs. We want to help raise awareness of First Base who offer a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city, to get off the streets, start realising their aspirations through work, learning and leisure and find a place they can call home.

“It doesn’t matter how little you can do, children can cycle around the oldest cycle track in the country for only £5 and will all receive a medal, have run and raise vital funds for a great service in the Brighton.”

Nicky O’Connell is taking the Living Coast Classic Ride of 58 miles. Riders can choose the 30 mile Devils Dyke Loop.  (Map graphics outlining the routes are available)

Nicky, Jacob and Daniel O’Connell

Nicky, who teaches in Sussex, added: “Cycling is such a great activity for children and adults. The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become.  Time spent playing outside  is down 50% in one generation and we know there’s a need to get kids active outdoors and this is a great opportunity to do that whilst helping such a good cause.”

This all day family-friendly event provides options for both less confident and more experienced cyclists. Families with youngsters can ride laps around Preston Park Velodrome between 10am and 12 noon, and again between 2pm and 4pm. Entertainment will take place throughout the day, and designated slots will be run for cycle clubs.

Cyclists can raise funds for BHT orother charities of their choosing.

For more information and to register for one of the challenges, visit the cycle challenge website.

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