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The television presenter Davina McCall found herself ‘close to collapse’, with suspected hypothermia as she took part in a charity cycle ride from Edinburgh to London this weekend.

McCall, who has described herself as having been bitten by the cycling bug, is no stranger to endurance riding, having taken part in a relay in the Sport Relief John O’Groats to Land’s End Sport Relief Bike Ride in 2010.

Yesterday, the Big Brother and The Jump presenter was cycling from Edinburgh Castle, but within hours she was forced to temporarily abandon the effort in freezing rain.

With only 20 miles clocked up, McCall’s team tweeted: “In temps of just three degrees with a bitter wind chill, the medics say Davina is showing early signs of hypothermia.”

Then, 60 miles in to her 500 mile, seven day trip, McCall was half-carried in to her lunch stop in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.

Her team tweeted: “Sixty miles in the bag. Sleet, gales, bitter cold and hypothermia. Warm clothes and a phone call home are her priorities.

“She’s made it to the lunch stop. They were the worst conditions we’ve had on any challenge we’ve ever done.”

But, ever resilient, the star went on to cycle a total of 130 miles yesterday and may still be on course to finish her effort in the set deadline.

It’s a startling flashback to 2010, when McCall’s escort rider on the Sport Relief John O’Groats to Land’s End Sport Relief Bike Ride started showing classic symptoms of hypothermia as the team headed through the Scottish Highlands.

Despite the cold, McCall said she found the moonlit Scottish scenery breathtaking, something that helped keep her going, though afterwards she admitted that her legs had turned to jelly the moment she stepped off the bike.

 

 

And just a year after that in 2011, she announced she would be leading a women-only charity ride, called Davina’s DIVA100, in Sussex.

 

McCall said at the time: “I’ve become a cycling bore since then [the Sport Relief ride], but I love it with a passion. It’s an affordable, sociable way to keep fit and doesn’t have to be competitive. Although when Matthew and I go out together it always is!

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 2 years ago
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"Cyclist gets 'a bit cold' while riding in Winter" shocker!

Still - at least she carried on!  4

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Trull [81 posts] 2 years ago
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Hypothermia can sneak up on anyone, but I have to ask what the support staff were doing to let her get so cold. She's not carrying much body fat, riding into a gale, so its predictable that hazard is going to be there. There's so many things they could have done - and a simple mountain goretex jacket over the top would have warmed her up.

I wonder if her clothing choices were dictated by the camera crew rather than common sense?

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Bobbinogs [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Yawn, z list publicity seeking non-celebrity gets a bit cold on a ride today. Do keep me updated...zzzzzzz

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KenHodgson [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Rules 5 & 9 Davina!

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Meaulnes [69 posts] 2 years ago
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The homepage headline about her doing a "500m" ride: might read better if it says 500-mile. I know it's pretty nippy out today but I think she could probably do half a km in shorts and sports bra…

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MikeOnABike [65 posts] 2 years ago
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I bet the hypothermia didn't stop her shouting at everyone and everything like she does on TV. Bloody annoying person that she is.

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Dunks517 [44 posts] 2 years ago
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Her condition was totally avoidable:

Insufficient clothing
Insufficient calorie intake
Lack of positive mental attitude
Medics and support staff that recommend you withdraw at the first sign of difficulty.

It's the old cliche: 'a winner never quotes and a quitter never wins'. Although it's the man in the arena that counts, bugger me, her skin is waterproof, a short rest, food and some warm clothing and she would have been as right as rain.

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breezergood [34 posts] 2 years ago
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Pretty easy to get caught out by hypothermia, it doesn't take long to set in. Fair play to her, nobody forces her to ride for charity.

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bambergbike [89 posts] 2 years ago
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Three degrees (or minus three, for that matter) shouldn't really trouble anybody who is adequately prepared, even with the levels of wind chill you can get zooming downhill on a bike. But it is cold enough to have fairly serious consequences for the unprepared. Probably not when they have a support crew on hand, but not everybody does, so it's no harm to see hypothermia getting a bit of publicity.

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mikeprytherch [223 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on guys, give the girl some support, she is out there trying to raise money for good causes, I'm sure you lot are so perfect you have never got home cold or wet because you dressed wrongly.

Good luck Davina and keep going.

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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It's really cold and wet up here, I've the right gear and eventually feet and hands were freezing. In reality, nothing works when it's so wet and so cold, the kit does one or the other.

I would have thought though that with support they could supply her with dry shoes, gloves etc. as required.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Have you ever seen a James Brown show?

Same principle, different stage.

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Ghostie [93 posts] 2 years ago
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I bet Marianne Vos et al don't complain when it's cold and windy. And they don't even have any super buff 15 second workout DVDs to flog from it. There are more interesting and inspirational people doing and promoting cycling.

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David Arthur @d... [702 posts] 2 years ago
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Probably a longer ride than most of you lot managed today though

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willdeath [33 posts] 2 years ago
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We shouldn't judge her from the point of view of a seasoned cyclist. We should put ourselves in the shoes of someone who doesn't go out every week/weekend in the 4 seasons and was counting on people around her to guide her.

Her support crew should have been looking after her which (if this is a true story and not a publicity stunt) they clearly did not.

Does anyone know who was meant to be supporting her. These are the people to blame for all the preparation and execution of this ride.

Also, regardless of what we personally think of her she is doing this for charity. Even if some of it is also publicity whatever she raises in funds and awareness for the charity(s) is better then not doing anything. (As someone has said, she doesn't have to do this or even cycle.)

We all have our opinions about one another but credit where credit is due and a non-cyclist out in the UK during winter deserves credit.. she is a cyclist now! Even if this is a publicity stunt so what its for a good cause and she's riding a bike!

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Welsh boy [300 posts] 2 years ago
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Dunks517 wrote:

Her condition was totally avoidable:

Insufficient clothing
Insufficient calorie intake
Lack of positive mental attitude
Medics and support staff that recommend you withdraw at the first sign of difficulty.

It's the old cliche: 'a winner never quotes and a quitter never wins'. Although it's the man in the arena that counts, bugger me, her skin is waterproof, a short rest, food and some warm clothing and she would have been as right as rain.

That post makes you sound like a right knob, especially the 3rd point. Still, i assume that it was a poor attempt at humor.

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giff77 [1256 posts] 2 years ago
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Flying Scot wrote:

It's really cold and wet up here, I've the right gear and eventually feet and hands were freezing. In reality, nothing works when it's so wet and so cold, the kit does one or the other.

I would have thought though that with support they could supply her with dry shoes, gloves etc. as required.

Totally agree Flying Scot. Got caught in the rain as it swept down from the Campsies the other day. Despite all the right kit and full guards I was soon chilled. Fortunately was on the home run. Regardless of gear and nutrition, hypothermia can fairly throw a left hook. Looking at different media it looks like Davina was pretty well kitted out. Though she is missing guards on her bike which definitely contribute to her condition.

Am well impressed that she did the full 130 miles. I just wonder how many of the winter turbo kings would have stuck it out

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jayme [117 posts] 2 years ago
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In reply to Dunks

Looking at your veloviewer she still did more than you though  41

When you go out and raise as much money as her efforts will have done in the similar conditions then feel free to comment. Until then shut the F up.

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Ghostie [93 posts] 2 years ago
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She's not actually doing a "cyclothon" or a charity bike ride. It's a triathlon. Cycling will be done over six days but only three days will just be cycling. It is also due to include running 26 miles (split over three days) and a swim in Lake Windermere.  13

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Dunks517 [44 posts] 2 years ago
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Or else what exactly?

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userfriendly [578 posts] 2 years ago
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Else look like a douchebagel?

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Dunks517 [44 posts] 2 years ago
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Douchebag it is then.

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stealth [254 posts] 2 years ago
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As far as I am aware if you spot 'positive mental attitude' in somebody that you suspect is suffering from hypothermia it is time to get the spaceblanket & hot tea out!! It's called being delusional!!
In a situation, under no circumstances should you let them carry on 'coz they say that they're fine.

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Bobbinogs [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Let's face it, z list celebs need to keep their brand in the shop window or they might face having to live off their lack of talent. Hence, the main reason irksome brats like Davina are always up for charity is to fly their own flag first and foremost.

Makes me a cynic but I would prefer celebs just to go and do charity incommunicado, like helping out at the local Sally Army without feeling the need to bring along a publicist and photographer or incessantly tweet about the great and good they are doing.

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Dunks517 [44 posts] 2 years ago
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In that case I'm glad it was Shackleton who got his chaps off a Elephant Island and not you.

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Dunks517 [44 posts] 2 years ago
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@Welsh Boy & @Stealth

As you can see from this link I was talking absolute nonsense.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=positive+mental+attitude&ie=UTF-8&oe=U...

By the way I have been criticised, I will remind anyone in the future not to criticise any other cyclist's efforts unless they have cycled exactly what they had done on that day.

Regards

Duncs

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David Arthur @d... [702 posts] 2 years ago
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Dunks517 wrote:

@Welsh Boy & @Stealth

As you can see from this link I was talking absolute nonsense.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=positive+mental+attitude&ie=UTF-8&oe=U...

By the way I have been criticised, I will remind anyone in the future not to criticise any other cyclist's efforts unless they have cycled exactly what they had done on that day.

Regards

Duncs

You're kind of missing the point though aren't you?

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TimC340 [75 posts] 2 years ago
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Like most people reading this site, I've never completed 130 miles in one day's ride. Let alone overnight, in shitty weather and in bloody cold February. I've done several charity rides, the Dun Run, and a number of other silly things, and none of them match up to what Davina's done on day one of a week of serious effort. Chapeau to her; she kept going and she got the job done.

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Dunks517 [44 posts] 2 years ago
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David Arthur wrote:
Dunks517 wrote:

@Welsh Boy & @Stealth

As you can see from this link I was talking absolute nonsense.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=positive+mental+attitude&ie=UTF-8&oe=U...

By the way I have been criticised, I will remind anyone in the future not to criticise any other cyclist's efforts unless they have cycled exactly what they had done on that day.

Regards

Duncs

You're kind of missing the point though aren't you?

I haven't missed the point I was making neither have I missed the various insults for stating a matter of fact.

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arfa [767 posts] 2 years ago
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Well, I've done 120 miles in a day starting out in sub zero air temperatures skirting with hypothermic conditions. All I can say is chapeau Davina

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