DJ Nick Grimshaw completes 12 hours in saddle to raise £115k for Sport Relief

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

by Simon_MacMichael   March 18, 2014  

Nick Grimshaw nears end of his Sport Relief ride (picture via Sport Relief on Twitter)

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.

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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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posted by ragtimecyclist [118 posts]
18th March 2014 - 13:23

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Good grief, 12 hours in there would do me in.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2948 posts]
18th March 2014 - 13:27

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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.

posted by farrell [1306 posts]
18th March 2014 - 13:32

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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.

Laughing

Fair play to him for the achievement though.

posted by parksey [184 posts]
18th March 2014 - 14:09

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His arse must've killed! Fair play like.

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
18th March 2014 - 14:25

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Oh these celebs!

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posted by gb901 [145 posts]
18th March 2014 - 16:03

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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...

posted by John240364 [2 posts]
18th March 2014 - 20:02

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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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posted by giff77 [1038 posts]
18th March 2014 - 20:35

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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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posted by Bobbinogs [55 posts]
19th March 2014 - 8:26

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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.

posted by andyp [804 posts]
19th March 2014 - 9:33

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

posted by Nick T [763 posts]
19th March 2014 - 9:45

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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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posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
19th March 2014 - 10:16

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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.

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19th March 2014 - 10:31

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