The Brighton & Hove Property Consortium in association with Colin Brace Properties present the

Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride 2018

sponsored by 

Oakley Property and the Hyde Group

Thursday 3rd May to Sunday 6th May

in aid of the Mayor's Charities



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£23273 of £50000 raised so far

Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride reaches new heights with a head in the clouds start

Thursday 3 May sees the start of the 2018 Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride organised by the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium (BAHPC).

This year, the ride takes on a unique starting point from 450ft in the air at Brighton’s iconic British Airways i360, where the cyclists will attempt 40 laps around the pod to complete a ‘Mile in the Sky’.

For the Mile in the Sky challenge, the participants will be using bikes loaned by BTN BikeShare, Brighton’s popular bike sharing scheme. Tim Caswell, owner of Hourbike, the company operating BTN BikeShare, said:We are delighted to support such an important fundraising event for the community and wish the riders all the best for their phenomenal trip! Fingers crossed for favourable winds from Brussels onwards.” 

The challenge will be officiated by The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.

BAHPC founder and cycle ride organiser Colin Brace said, “We are excited about the prospect of combining two of Brighton’s well-known & much-loved tourist attractions to complete what we hope will be a new record and a world first!”

“The Mile in the Sky is a really exciting start to this year’s cycle ride and we are very grateful to both British Airways i360 and also BTN BikeShare for their support. We will be flying the flag for VisitBrighton throughout our event to promote Brighton and Hove as a vibrant city and a great place to visit.”

On arriving in Brussels on the evening of 3 May, the cyclists and the Mayor of Brighton, will initiate a countdown via live video link to launch the fireworks for the start of this year’s Brighton’s Fringe Festival.

In addition, the cyclists, who are a deputation of senior business leaders from the city, have a unique opportunity to meet Keith Taylor, the Green Party MEP for South East England, at the EU Parliament, to discuss closer working links with Brighton to encourage business and tourism.

Over the course of three days, the cyclists will cover in excess of 150 miles riding from Brussels to Aalst and on to Oudenaarde, where they will ride up the infamous Koppenberg Hill with a 229m elevation gain. From there they will ride to Bruges, Ypres and finally, Lille. The cyclists will arrive back in the UK on Sunday 6 May at 5pm where they will ride through the official finish line on New Road where Brighton Fringe City plays host to a variety of performances throughout May.

Colin commented, “Our cycle event is open to cyclists of all abilities. It provides a fantastic opportunity to network within the property industry creating new friends and business contacts. We are raising a huge amount of money for these fantastic charities who do so much amazing work within the city. This is our way, for the property industry, working closely with the council and charities, to give something back to the city which we call home. 

This event has rapidly grown to become one of the major events on the city’s fundraising calendar.”

This is the third year that the ride has taken place in aid of the Mayor’s Charities which this year include Martlets Hospice, Albion in the Community, RISE, Sussex Heart Charity and The Clock Tower Sanctuary. In 2016, the inaugural year of the ride, the Brighton2Paris Charity Cycle Ride raised £30,000 for the Mayor’s Charities and in 2017 an outstanding £50,000.



Following last Monday’s successful test flight when a select party of cyclists from the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium’s (BAHPC) cycle team took to the sky in the British Airways i360 pod, the consortium last night announced its headline sponsors for the third successive year are Oakley Property and Hyde.

Founder of the consortium, Colin Brace commented “I’m absolutely delighted that Tom Shaw from Hyde and Chris Oakley of Oakley Property have once again agreed to support and take part in this event.”

Chris Oakley of Oakley Property and Tom Shaw of The Hyde Group commented “We jumped at the chance to support the Brighton to Brussels Charity Cycle Ride for a third year running, as the event supports the Mayors Charities, so it gives us the opportunity to give to a really worthwhile range of causes which do great work in our local community. The event is particularly relevant to us as members of the Brighton & Hove Property Consortium.  It gives us the chance to ride alongside some likeminded property people for what is a great fun event, but also means that the property industry, as both a major player and beneficiary of the Brighton & Hove economy, is giving something back to the community which supports it."

Chris Oakley of Oakley Property commented “2018 will be our third year as sponsor of the Brighton & Hove Property Consortium’s Charity Cycle Ride.  From a sponsorship point of view, the event has without doubt raised the profile of our business in the local community and enabled us to network with business contacts we may not have necessarily come across, if I hadn't literally got on my bike and got out there!”

On the 25th anniversary of Oakley in the city it’s fantastic that they have agreed to be part of our world record team to cycle around the i360 pod at the start of our 4-day event in May.  I am very grateful to all of our sponsors and event partners Brighton Fringe Festival and the British Airways i360, for continuing to make this one of the city’s most successful fundraising events.

Cyclists taking part in the Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride in May this year, will also attempt a new world 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.

Colin Brace commented “We intend to promote the local property and construction industry and the city of Brighton & Hove to the heart of Europe particularly as this year’s event takes the cycle team to the EU Parliament in Brussels for a private tour.”

British Airways i360 Executive director Steve Bax said: “The test ride on Monday 19 February 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!”

The cycle ride will depart Brighton early in the morning following the i360 world record attempt and head for Brussels where they will then begin their cycle back to Brighton via Bruges and Lille in France whilst aiming to raise £50,000 for this year’s five selected charities.

Brighton2Brussels cycle team took to the sky on a foggy February Monday morning to test ride their world record attempt of a 'Mile in the Sky' around the British Airways i360.

2018 Event Highlights

‘The Mile in the Sky’ Guinness World Record attempt

We are hoping to set a new world record for cycling a mile in the sky, inside an observation tower, i.e. the British Airways i360 pod! The plan is that on Thursday 3rd May, we meet at the i360 c.7am where we will all board the pod with our bicycles (depending on how many of us there are!) and start cycling around it as it ascends and then descends again. On reaching ground level, the team will cycle out of the pod, straight over the start line and on their way to Brussels! The i360 are opening especially early for us and joining in with the record attempt. I’m sure it will be local headline news and attract a lot of media attention.

EU Parliament Private Tour and meet with MEP Keith Taylor 

Upon the team’s arrival in Brussels we will head straight to the EU Parliament building for a private tour and meeting with our MEP Keith Taylor who has kindly assisted us in arranging this tour. Perhaps the only operativity you will get to see inside the EU in your lifetime.

Brighton Fringe Festival & Fireworks launch

via live video link back to Brighton from outside the EU in Brussels.

LAtest TV and Juice 107.2 FM Media Partners

Event filming, photography, competitions and live radio phone ins from the event.

Famous Tour of Flanders Koppenberg cobbled hill climb

As part of our route the cyclists have the option to tackle the challenging 600m long cobbled hill which is 22% gradient at its trickiest points. There will be medals for all successful finishers!

Please click here for the Welcome Pack document which contains all current details about the event including itinerary and route etc.


Chris Oakley, Oakley Property:

“2018 will be our third year as sponsor of the Brighton & Hove Property Consortium’s Charity Cycle Ride. From a sponsorship point of view, the event has, without doubt, raised the profile of our business in the local community and enabled us to network with business contacts we may not have necessarily come across if I hadn't literally got on my bike and got out there! From a personal perspective, I have to say that each event has to date been the highlight of my year. The cycle ride itself is highly enjoyable and only eclipsed by the social aspect of the event which enables me to spend time with likeminded local property people, who are keen to get involved with raising money for local charities and have a great time."

Lewis & Co Planning South East Limited:

"We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Mayor’s Charities bike rides for the last two years. The various charities that have benefitted from the bike rides are close to our hearts, and it is great to see how much money can be generated when many companies work hard together. On a professional note, the bike rides have been a great way to make new contacts within the property industry, and to reinforce existing contacts. Spending two or three days in everyone’s company, and helping each other out, is a very positive experience. On a personal note, the bike ride has inspired new levels of fitness within Lewis and Co Planning. We can’t vouch for any productivity improvements, but our waistlines have benefitted!"

Simon Pilbeam, A & F Pilbeam Construction Ltd:

"The Brighton & Hove Property Consortium's charity cycle events of the past two years has provided a wonderful opportunity for the business and our staff on so many fronts. Firstly, and most importantly, it has given the Company and our staff a great opportunity to contribute to a number of very worthwhile charities, providing help towards making the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves a little better and, hopefully, raising their profile at the same time.
However, all participants have benefited from an amazing camaraderie between all those involved in the ride. It really has been a wonderful experience meeting those that we know from within the industry on a different level, as well as meeting new colleagues and gaining new connections. On top of that, we have met some truly generous and interesting people who commit a huge amount of their time and energy to good causes.

All those reasons above, together with the enjoyment of participating, seeing some lovely towns and countryside and a great sense of personal achievement have made Brighton2Brussels an event not to be missed."

Brighton & Hove Property Charity Cycle Ride promotional film

Watch our 2017 arrival into New Road to a cheery crowd!


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Who we are

We are a group of local property professionals with the common goal of creating an annual cycle event for locally based charities. 

After a successful few years in the property industry we decided that we would like to give something back to the city and raise awareness of organisations in great need of everyone's help.

Brighton and Hove have many amazing worthwhile charities, however we have decided to support the Mayor's Charities with each year's cycle event.

How do I take part?

We are looking for extra participants and organisations to take part. If you can commit to raising money for these three worthwhile charities then this event will raise the profile of your organisation's commitment corporate social responsibility and provide you with an opportunity to network with fellow property professionals.

Watch the Brighton2Paris 2016 DocuFilm here

Get on your bike and join us for a five day charity bike ride from the Eiffel Tower in Paris and returning to Brighton in aid of the Brighton and Hove Mayor's charities and the ABF Soldiers Charity