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Scouse comic Bishop leads team against Coe's in elimination race - & other bike-related Sport Relief events...

Teams captained by Lord Coe, twice Olympic 1,500m champion, and Scouse comedian John Bishop will tonight go head to head in the velodrome at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark as part of tonight’s Sport Relief on BBC One.

Bishop – but not Coe, it seems – is due to take to the boards in a men’s elimination race that will feature in the first half of this evening’s programme from 7-8.30pm.

Also due to compete in front of a capacity crowd at the velodrome where Team GB dominated the track at London 2012 are comedian Patrick Kielty, former cricketer Freddie Flintoff, pop star Olly Murs, DJ Richard Bacon and radio and TV presenter Greg James.

It's not just about the bike, though. Other events lined up include rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and a swimming relay.

When the event was launched last month, Bishop said: “For Sport Relief 2012, I spent a week of pain cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London. To say it was tough is a huge understatement.

“But now, two years on, I am back again to take on whatever challenges Sport Relief throws at me. Am I intimidated by going up against four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe? No, I say, bring it on! May the best man win.”

Coe, who chaired London 2012 organisers LOCOG and is now chairman of the British Olympic Association, added: “As chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I spent the best part of 10 years preoccupied with the planning and delivery of London 2012.

“Not once did I imagine that less than two years later I would find myself back at the park competing. I hear John Bishop has quite a competitive streak but I know these venues inside out – something that, probably unrealistically, I am hoping will play to my advantage.”

Last night, BBC screened Davina – Beyond Breaking Point, which followed Davina McCall’s attempt to swim, cycle and run from Edinburgh to London within seven days. You can watch it on iPlayer here.

Other bike-related events tying in with Sport Relief include the Tour de Yorkshire Tandem which sees BBC Look North presenters Harry Gration and Amy Garcia take on the routes of the two Yorkshire stages of July’s Tour de France, and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle rides, which take place in London, Glasgow and Manchester on Sunday.

You can find full details of Sport Relief 2014, including how to donate, on its website.

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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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Flintoff is only there because he heard the word "Pringle" being mentioned.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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tools, the pair of em' ...

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watlina [52 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks like fun but I don't believe it's being shown completely live. There will be a 40 minute delay from action on track to the screen. This is to cover the possibility of major injuries with completely inexperienced riders on the track. Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See http://pic.twitter.com/5A7xRIP7Wj

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oozaveared [941 posts] 2 years ago
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It's all good for cycling.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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watlina wrote:

Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See http://pic.twitter.com/5A7xRIP7Wj

Olly *Muurs* ..... I know, I know, you're welcome.

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DrewN [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Bristol Bike Science are in the process of becoming Knights of Sufferlandria today in aid of Sport Relief. From 7am to 7pm they're doing ten back to back Sufferfest videos. I called in this afternoon and can confirm they were all suffering.
They're on the last video now and the total so far is £1665. If you want to donate then the details are on
https://www.facebook.com/bikescience
https://www.justgiving.com/sufferforsportrelief