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Ready… Set… Cycle! James Cracknell announces Great Sport Relief Bike Off

March 11th 2016

Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell is set to saddle up for a Sport Relief challenge, dubbed The Great Sport Relief Bike Off.

The former rower hopes to create a showstopping Sport Relief record, for the furthest distance ridden on a Raleigh Chopper. The challenge will take place at the world famous LeeValley VeloPark, where James will attempt one of sport’s most demanding challenges on one of history’s most iconic bicycles.

“It’s going to require a lot of pedal power, but I’m excited to push myself to the limit and set a new Sport Relief record on my trusty Chopper,” James said. “I feel hugely proud to support such an amazing charity and hopefully inspire people to take on their own challenges in the Sport Relief Games. Get fit, have fun and raise much-needed cash to transform lives here in the UK and around the world.”

At the same time, a team of cyclists and celebrities, including Sally Gunnell, Alastair Campbell and Mike Bushell, will attempt to cycle circles around him as they aim to take the Guinness World Records title for the most people to cycle a 1km time trial in one hour.

The challenge will be filmed in front of a live audience at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday 18th March, during the Sport Relief Night of TV on BBC One.

However, the results of the record-breaking efforts will not be revealed until Sunday 20th March, when The Great Sport Relief Bike Off airs during the Sport Relief Games Show at 1.15pm on BBC One.

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