A popular charity cycle ride will return this year.

The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride on May 19 raises money for charities Search and Rescue Sussex and Bipolar UK.

It has been organised by the Haywards Heath Town Team, Cuckfield, Lindfield and Haywards Heath Rotary Club, and Haywards Heath Town Council.

Organisations Nice Work and British Cycling have also had an input.

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This year, the ride will have four routes including the family friendly 12-mile ride and the 74-mile ride for cyclists wanting a "true challenge".

Along the longer routes there will be stops for cyclists to access food and drink, as well as extra portaloos.

MP Mims Davies will fire the starting gun and there will be live entertainment and activities at The Broadway.

Chairman of the bike ride team Mike Oliver said: "As ever, we’re delighted and truly grateful to welcome back our loyal sponsors who continue to support us so a big thank you to Thakeham, The Orchards, Mike Oliver Associates, Mansell McTaggart and Amphibian Scaffolding.

"Just as importantly thanks to our town council team, led by Steve Trice, and to the Rotary Club of Cuckfield, Lindfield and Haywards Heath.

"We’re one of the few charity events where our team are volunteers and the sponsors cover the cost of staging the day so all entry fees go to the charities we support."