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    Sports relief - 13 March 08 charity ride needs your encouragement

    ...any cyclists in the area who can ride with them and shout encouragement. I know they only play soccer but they're making the effort and sport relief is a great cause.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_a...ef/7261571.stm






    Alan Shearer and Match of the Day 2 presenter Adrian Chiles have announced a gruelling challenge for Sport Relief.
    The duo will attempt to cycle 335 miles from Newcastle to London, via West Bromwich, in just two days in their Sport Relief Super Cycle.

    They leave St James' Park on 13 March and aim to pedal into BBC Television Centre in London as part of the live Sport Relief show the following day.

    "The professional cyclists think Adrian and I are mad," admitted Shearer.

    Show your support for Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles
    "They don't understand why we are even contemplating our challenge because in cycling terms it's the equivalent of running three marathons in two days.

    Shearer and Chiles will cover 335 Miles for Sport Relief

    "But we've both visited projects that Sport Relief money supports and seen what a massive difference it makes, so although it'll be a massive test of our endurance we're determined to give it our best shot."

    The challenge will see the pair pedal an eye-watering 186 miles on the first day and an energy-sapping 149 miles on day two.

    Given that 149 miles is the maximum distance cycled in any one day of the Tour de France, Shearer and Chiles will really be up against it for Sport Relief.

    They will travel to London via the Hawthorns, the home of Adrian's beloved West Bromwich Albion.

    And you can show your support by making a donation to Sport Relief.

    This year the big Sport Relief buzz word is 'challenge' and the idea is for everyone to do something sporty to raise cash.


    Alan Shearer has visited a Sport Relief project in Uganda

    So if you have been inspired by Shearer and Chiles or the extraordinary efforts of James Cracknell, who plans to row, cycle and swim his way to Africa, why not challenge yourself for Sport Relief?

    The ultimate way to get involved is to take part in one of the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Miles which are happening across the UK on 16 March.

    This year, participants can set their own challenge by having the choice of completing one, three or six miles.

    There will be well over 200 Sport Relief Miles around the UK, so there is bound to be one close to you. All you have to do now is sign up and start getting yourself sponsored.
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    Great cause, of course, but to 'professional cyclists' really think they're 'mad' for cycling 335 miles in two days? Old men do the London-Edinburgh audax in two days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefox View Post
    Great cause, of course, but to 'professional cyclists' really think they're 'mad' for cycling 335 miles in two days? Old men do the London-Edinburgh audax in two days.
    It's a puff piece on 2 P.O.B.s doing a ride for charity (sport relief is a great charity). The UK press (which is neither independent nor objective) needs to "big it up" anyway they can for dramatic effect even if reality is different.

    edit: wow, I didn't think I was that cynical - I must be getting old - I still think joining in sport relief in any positive way is a very good idea.
    Last edited by markhr; 02-29-08 at 03:28 AM. Reason: edit
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