ABOUT 12,000 cyclists took to the roads to raise money to help the fight against heart disease.
The British Heart Foundation held its annual Round the Harbours bike ride yesterday.
Kate Glover, a regional event organiser from the foundation, said participants benefited from the cloudy weather.
She said: ‘We’ve had perfect cycling conditions.’
Ms Glover she wanted to thank the dozens of people who gave up their time to help run the event.
She said: ‘We wouldn’t be able to run the event without the support of the volunteers.
‘They’ve done a marvellous job looking after everybody and they’re all absolute superstars.’
Hampshire Search and Rescue took part as course marshals and course controllers.
The bike ride raised about £50,000 last year and Ms Glover said she was hopeful that this year’s ride would match that figure.
She said: ‘The way things are going it looks like we’re going to hit that target.’
Participant Helen Battersby, of Gosport, said the ride was a fun way to raise money for a good cause.
She said: ‘We do it every year.
‘It’s part of celebrating the fact that this happens in our community.’
Another participant, Nicola Foster, of Gosport, said: ‘It’s a really good, family day out.
‘We normally do it with our children as well.’
The route encompassed a total of 30 miles, and went via Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent and up to the Gosport Ferry.
Cyclists continued at Portsmouth Harbour and rode along Southsea seafront, and then up to Havant either via Eastern Road or Hayling Island, with a little help from the Hayling ferry.
But for many the biggest challenge of the route was the ascent up Portsdown Hill and back along to Fareham.
Participants were able start at different points along the route.