Portland to Portland, the epic 4,347 mile cycle that began in Oregon this April (and stretches over the USA and Ireland), will reach its central London climax this weekend. The fifteen amateur cycling fanatics completing the challenge on Saturday will be joined by sixty-five cyclists at Windsor to rally them to the finish line at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Portland Place. The core pack of peddlers are a gang of British architects and city planners – ranging in age from a stealthy 26 to an impressive 72 – including leading British architects Richard Rogers, Sunand Prasad, Norman Foster and Angela Brady (President of RIBA). Having faced the endless miles, golf-ball sized hail stones and 25mph winds, and raised funds for charities the Architects Benevolent Society, Article 25 and Architecture for Humanity, this monumental feat is surely a cause for celebration. Kitty Knowles
The Portland to Portland Bike Ride aims to promote better design of cycling infrastructure. For more info have a look at the Portland to Portland website.