A bike ride from Brighton seafront in support of the campaign to save Preston Park Cycle Track had such a big response that organisers had to move the meeting point.
They set off from Steine Gardens to the cycle track – Britain’s oldest velodrome – mid morning today (Saturday 5 September).
The campaigners also reached an initial fundraising target of £2,000 this week to help pay for the campaign for the track to be modernised.
They now aim to raise at least £5,000 as their efforts gather pace.
The track falls short of safety standards for competitions at a time when cycling is growing in popularity.
It is estimated that it will cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to bring it back up to a suitable standard.
The campaigners are looking at other ways to make a modernised velodrome more viable, perhaps making the space available for other sports such as cricket or tennis.
In the meantime the campaigners have gathered thousands of signatures on a petition which can be reached through the Save Preston Park Cycle Track Facebook page.
And a public meeting is to be held at 7.30pm on Monday 19 October at Knoyle Hall, in Knoyle Road, Brighton, just round the corner from the cycle track.
— Paul Hutchings (@KindleResearch) September 5, 2015
— The Hairy Cyclist (@lonelycrow41) September 5, 2015
— Emily O’Brien (@EmilyLincOBrien) September 5, 2015
— Jo Cocker (@TheVividFrenzy) September 5, 2015