Nurse to bike the London to Brighton by day, by night and off road for charity

Preparations are underway: Dexter Penalba training for the triple London to Brighton

Preparations are underway: Dexter Penalba training for the triple London to Brighton

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A nurse from Peacehaven will compete in three gruelling cycling challenges this summer: the London to Brighton by day, by night and off road.

Dexter Penalba, 39, will cycle in the London to Brighton night ride on July 13 and the off road event on September 21.

He has already completed the London to Brighton day ride in June, along with around 28,500 other cyclists, battling their way through the 54 mile course.

Dexter, who works in the cardiac operating theatre at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, said: “My Grandfather has really been my inspiration; it’s thanks in part to British Heart Foundation research that he has been able to live a good quality and long life.

“Heart disease affects so many and it can be devastating for the families involved.

“It is because of this I wanted to work in a cardiac operating theatre so I can assist with lifesaving treatments.

“It felt like a natural opportunity to get involved with some of the iconic British Heart Foundation events.”

As a keen cyclist, Dexter was looking for the ultimate challenge, and the London to Brighton Bike Ride Series will see him cycling an impressive 189 miles in total across the three events.

His grandfather, who will be celebrating his 98th birthday in July, had a pacemaker fitted 20 years ago.

The iconic London to Brighton day ride is the British Heart Foundation’s biggest single fundraiser.

It is now in its 38th year. Since it began around 750,000 riders have taken part, covering 40m miles and raising in excess of £57m for charity.

The night ride covers a 60 mile course and last year attracted a total of 5,000 participants.

Meanwhile the off-road ride is 75 miles long and almost entirely off-road.

It is described by the British Heart Foundation as a challenging and testing route that mixes cycle path, single track cycling with forest paths.

Dexter continued: “As a keen cyclist, these events have allowed me to do something I love for a cause I really admire.

“I know that the three events alone are a challenge but I feel the Night Ride will be my biggest hurdle.

“I am a keen off-road cyclist and I know that on-road cycling requires a different attitude.

“With the Night Ride taking place throughout the night I know I will need to prepare myself mentally as much as physically but the fact that all events coincide with my grandfather’s birthday makes me want to complete the rides all the more.”

To sponsor Dexter visit http://www.justgiving.com/dexter-penalba