Endurance athlete and BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin has announced today that she will be taking on an a very special challenge this week – riding 100 miles on Zwift in ‘The Big Bike In’ for charity. Plus, she’s looking for 220 readers to join her and a host of special guests!
The ride this Thursday, 23rd April at 5pm, will be to raise much-needed funds for BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief to support local charities and projects in the UK, so they can provide essential support to people who really need it through the coronavirus crisis.
Louise Minchin is no stranger to big challenges. Over the last few years she has transformed herself from beginner to full-on endurance triathlete, completing some of triathlon’s toughest races including Patagonman and Norseman and inspiring people to take up the sport through her book Dare To Tri.
If you join The Big Bike In you can ride for as long or as short a distance as you like. Join Louise for the full 100 miles – a full six laps of the Road To Ruins course – or just for a few minutes. It’s a fun ride, so you can either stay with Louise or go at your own pace. There will be a planned break at 8pm BST to join in the Clap for Carers or have a breather!
Louise Minchin at the start of 2019’s Norseman race. Image: Lars-Erik Blenne Lien/NXTri
Special guests along the way have been confirmed including Jodie Stimpson, Laura Siddall, and Louise’s BBC Breakfast co-presenter Dan Walker (who Louise tells us ‘has only ever been on a bike for 20 minutes before!’). Other names will be announced throughout the week with some big surprises to come.
You can also follow live updates on Twitter or Instagram and the link for donations is: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the-big-bike-in. Find the Zwift live event info here: zwift.com/events/view/595468