Fearne Cotton comes a-cropper on training ride

TV presenter in Sport Relief wobble

by Tom Henry   February 5, 2010  

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Bring back the stabilisers.....it appears that Fearne Cotton's efforts to get into shape for her celebrity cycle across the UK has hit the buffers, albeit temporarily.

Actually, it was a parked van which bore the brunt of Fearne's efforts to master the art of two wheels as she set out on a ride with comedian David Walliams, in preparation for the John O'Groats to Land's End ride for Sport Relief.

Walliams is the head of a celebrity team preparing to cycle the 1,000 miles from John O' Groats to Land's End next month. Fearne's conversation with the tarmac was captured on video in Marlow, Buckinghamshire - along with a lot of other comedy-style shennigans.

Writing on her blog, she said: 'At the weekend myself and David Walliams, team captain of said challenge, headed out to Marlow where our wonderful trainer Greg lives. He took us on a 90 minute cycle of doom around the local hills.

“I unintentionally dismounted (fell off) twice, and David got four punctures in 90 minutes which I believe is a world record. We look the part in our red shiny jackets and fancy cycling shoes but are generally terrible at cycling. I’m more than nervous about this challenge looming.”

Cotton has admitted she has been struggling with training and finding it exhausting. Her team-mates include Miranda Hart, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard, Patrick Kielty and Davina McCall


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Four punctures in 90 minutes? Is he training for the Etape Caledonia as well? Big Grin

Plus assuming he's riding Vittoria Rubino Pros (see Fearne's bike above), I know from experience that they are aren't the easiest to get on and off... so not much riding time in between punctures.

Unless, of course, they were being followed round by a support car... Thinking

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8513 posts]
5th February 2010 - 10:09


It appears that the 33 miles each a day for 4 days actually is a real challenge to these err...celebs...I take it all back!

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
5th February 2010 - 10:25

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Sounds like he needs some Conti GP4Season tyres - we'll get on the case!

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posted by Shelley Childs [4 posts]
5th February 2010 - 11:14


Thinking hmmmm - shameless plug much?

Buddha said:

Believe nothing, No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

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posted by mad_scot_rider [567 posts]
5th February 2010 - 16:29

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1min 28..
See John, I told you it was a pain to clip out!


(Glad she was not injured!)

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posted by Zaskar [137 posts]
16th February 2010 - 22:22