18th January 2011 Words: Nick Rearden
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TV star Davina McCall is heading up the Diva100 women’s charity bike ride in May.
Organised by the charity Action Medical Research, the 100km ride will set off from Cowdray Park in Midhurst, Sussex, on Sunday May 8th.
Supported by the bike maker Specialized, the event will offer a choice of two stunning countryside routes – the 100km challenge, or a shorter 50km course.
McCall was seen cycling on TV recently when she was the one of the ballsier celebrity riders signed up by David Walliams for the Sport Relief John O’Groats to Land’s End relay ride last year. She now hopes the ‘Diva100’ will inspire more women to get in the saddle.
McCall said: “I’ve become a cycling bore since then, but I love it with a passion. It’s an affordable, sociable way to keep fit and doesn’t have to be competitive. I’ve been involved with Action Medical Research since I was a child, but this is my first cycling event for the charity. I hope lots of ladies saddle up and join me for this new fundraiser.”
Research supported by Action Medical Research includes work on meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and premature birth, as well as some very rare and distressing children’s conditions.
The event is fully supported on the day with plenty of rest stops and a fully-serviced lunch. Staff riders, first aiders and massage therapists will also be on hand.
Entry costs £28 and you will also need to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. Places are limited and this event is expected to be popular. Sign up is available here.