This year’s challenge has grabbed my attention and looks set to test the host of celebrities to the limit. The BT Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride was officially launched today which has been revealed as a non-stop cycle relay from John O’Groats to Lands End.
On the Chris Moyles Radio 1 show this morning Fearne Cotton was telling the nation all about this gruelling challenge that herself and 6 other celebrities are letting themselves in for.
As some of you may already know the end to end route spans approximately 1000 miles depending on the route, taking in all that the UK has to throw at you. A typical cycling time is ten to fourteen days with the fastest official record being 44 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds.
Joining Chris and Fearn this morning by phone was David Walliams who in 2006 swam across the English Channel for Sports Relief so he is no stranger to extreme challenges. As the ring leader he’s managed to get such celebrities on board as Davina McCall, Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart, Patrick Kielty and Russell Howard along with Fearne.
The plan is to rotate through the team one by one doing three hour shifts so there will always be someone riding no matter what the weather has to offer them. With the rest following close by in a tour style bus they are planning on completing the gruelling challenge in 80 hours through day and night before they reach the finish at Lands End.
The team hits the road on March 1st with a documentary capturing all the action. It will be going out on the BBC in the run up to Sports Relief Weekend on Friday 19th through to Sunday 21st March.
With all the celebrities (and their ego’s) being cooped up on the coach and Fearne Cotton’s training antics of falling off her bike already, it will make for some very entertaining television.
You can sponsor the team at Sport Relief’s website where all the money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of poor and vulnerable people, both at home and across the world’s poorest countries.