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Breakfast Show presenter spent 12 hours cycling in Perspex box with help from celebs including Victoria Pendleton

Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw yesterday evening completed a 12-hour cycling session for Sport Relief, with other celebrities including Victoria Pendleton joining him to rack up more than 1,000 miles and raising more than £115,000 for the charity.

The DJ – known as ‘Grimmy’ to his fans – undertook the challenge on a turbo trainer in a Perspex box in the plaza outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Central London.

While there, he even presented his Breakfast Show, continuing to pedal as he did so.

He was joined by celebrities including TV presenter Davina McCall, rapper Professor Green and Olympic Keirin champion Victoria Pendleton, each of whom did a stint in the saddle to help reach a total of 1,205 miles during the 12-hour challenge.

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has video and pictures of the challenge.

Grimshaw, who had started his ride at 7am, finished it during Greg James' Drive Time Show, and told his fellow DJ: “I'm never going on a bike, ever again. I'm going to burn my bike."

By that time, he had raised £115,500.

Later, he said: “Thank you to everyone who’s been texting in, it’s a big deal, it’s a lot of money, and it will change lives.

“Last night, I was really anxious. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, I was really stressing out about it. I think the first two hours were the worst just because I didn’t think I could do it. The fourth hour was horrible, I felt really sick. I had to go have a word with myself in the mirror.

“Thanks to Sport Relief for letting me go out to Kenya and see how this money really does change lives. I’ve said it before but sometimes when you give money to charity you think, ‘Where’s that going?’ But I got to see it first-hand. I don’t think I could have done this without seeing the work that the money does.”

The challenge forms part of BBC Radio Around the World for Sport Relief – with the whole of BBC Radio, national and local, aiming to run, swim and cycle 25,000 miles – equivalent to the circumference of the world.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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ragtimecyclist [158 posts] 2 years ago
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12 hours on a turbo is quite an achievement...it's a wonder he didn't keel over and expire from boredom!!

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 2 years ago
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Good grief, 12 hours in there would do me in.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Imagine being stuck for 12 hours in a box with Nick Grimshaw, I'd rip the chain off the bike and hang myself.

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parksey [343 posts] 2 years ago
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farrell wrote:

Imagine being stuck for 12 hours in a box with Nick Grimshaw, I'd rip the chain off the bike and hang myself.

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Fair play to him for the achievement though.

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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His arse must've killed! Fair play like.

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gb901 [149 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh these celebs!

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John240364 [3 posts] 2 years ago
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12 hours on a trainer is good, but 1205miles......in 12 hours is amazing, that is over 100 miles an hour, he may be a crap dj but he is a brilliant cyclist......or am I not getting it right...

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giff77 [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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John240364 wrote:

12 hours on a trainer is good, but 1205miles......in 12 hours is amazing, that is over 100 miles an hour, he may be a crap dj but he is a brilliant cyclist......or am I not getting it right...

Ha ha. Good one. Thinking it was his and various guests combined. I reckon young Victoria upped the mileage though on her wee stint.

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Bobbinogs [191 posts] 2 years ago
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giff77 wrote:
John240364 wrote:

12 hours on a trainer is good, but 1205miles......in 12 hours is amazing, that is over 100 miles an hour, he may be a crap dj but he is a brilliant cyclist......or am I not getting it right...

Ha ha. Good one. Thinking it was his and various guests combined. I reckon young Victoria upped the mileage though on her wee stint.

Turbo miles mean feck all. Wind down the resistance to minimum, up the gear and hey presto, 25mph without breaking a sweat. I have heard some folks quote their avg speed based on turbo use, no surprises out on the road.

12 hours on a turbo though, yeegads. Makes me wince just thinking about it. Goes to show that some of the toughest challenges aren't the obvious ones.

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andyp [1448 posts] 2 years ago
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'Turbo miles mean feck all. Wind down the resistance to minimum, up the gear and hey presto, 25mph without breaking a sweat.'

Turbo miles mean feck all...without additional information. 25 miles in an hour at FTP makes a lot of sweat.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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12 hours on rollers, now that's something I'd watch.

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OldRidgeback [2620 posts] 2 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

12 hours on rollers, now that's something I'd watch.

Good to watch on the radio perhaps?

But a thumbs up to Nick Grimshaw. I think Chris Moyles would've struggled even to sit on a turbo trainer.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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As much as it pains me to defend the useless vacuum that is Chris Moyles, I do have a vague recollection of him climbing Kilimanjaro a few years ago for the same cause.