Video: Student in elephant costume vs Rollapaluza

Take a look at how charity mascot Ernie Elephant did on the rollers at University of Essex freshers' fair...

If you've ever had a race on the Rollapaluza rollers, you'll know that it's a pretty intense experience at the best of times - so chapeau to the rider at the University of Essex today who smashed it while wearing an elephant costume.

The cycling events company took its rigs along to  the university's  fresher's week in Chelmsford and posted video to Twitter of a race between, on the blue bike, n Adrian from Essex Sport and, on the red one, Ernie Elephant, the mascot of the Essex branch of the international charity, Enactus. Watch how they got on below.

With hundreds of partner universities in more than 30 countries around the world, Enactus brings together students, academics and business leaders who are, according to its website, “committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.”

You can find out more about Enactus, which was founded in 1975, here.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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