Not the most scenic route, but certainly the most direct

Thousands of people cycle from London to Brighton each year, generally taking well-established routes, but one rider decided to mix things up a bit by taking to the M23 motorway.

The man ended up on the motorway on Saturday morning after making a bet with his mates that he could ride from London to Brighton.

Unfortunately he made a mistake at the junction between the A23 and the M23, taking the wrong road and finding himself riding down the hard shoulder of the busy motorway where he was picked up by police.

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“This chap made a bet with his mates that he could ride a bike from London to Brighton,” Surrey Police wrote on Twitter. “Safely moved off the M23 to continue on his way.

“The rider is not a regular cyclist and had made a bet he could ride a bike from London to Brighton but got confused at the A23/M23 junction.”