10/01/2014 02:13 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

Cyclists 'Are More Intelligent And Charitable Than Everyone' Else Says British Heart Foundation Study

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Cyclists are considered to be more intelligent and charitable than the average person, according to a new report.

A study for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that sportsmen and women generally were more attractive than celebrities, with most qualities attributed to cyclists.

The survey of 600 adults also showed that two thirds admitting to liking lycra.

The BHF commissioned the research to mark the opening of registration for its annual London to Brighton bike ride in June - the biggest charity bike ride in Europe.

Nancy Prior, head of events at BHF, said: "We see over 28,000 riders descend on the capital for our London to Brighton Bike Ride each year to raise much needed funds for life-saving heart research, so we have always known that cyclists are a pretty special bunch.

"These results just confirm that the rest of the nation feels the same."