TV presenters among famous faces at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
10 Jul 2018, 10 a.m.
This year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will feature a trio of TV presenters who are more used to announcing the news than making it.
The BBC Breakfast duo of Louise Minchin and Naga Munchetty and Sky News’s Dermot Murnaghan are three of the best-known presenters in the country. But the trio will swap the TV studios for the open roads on Sunday 29 July when they take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
For Minchin, the 100-mile ride is unlikely to present too much of a problem, although as a talented triathlete she usually has a swim and a run sandwiched around her ride.
Minchin has represented Great Britain for her age group at the World Triathlon Championships and has even released a book called Dare to Tri: My journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to GB team triathlete.
Munchetty - who appeared on the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing - is also a keen sportswoman though she is more likely to be found on a golf course than on a bike. She is taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise money for the Action for A-T charity which raises funds for medical research into a cure for the childhood condition Ataxia Telangiectasia.
Sky News presenter Murnaghan is taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the second time and will be riding for the event’s charity of the year, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH).
Among the other famous faces riding for GOSH are Sophie Faldo, who won last year’s Great British Bake Off, and Olympic gold medal-winning 400m hurdler Sally Gunnell.
The event continues to attract some of Britain’s most successful sportsmen and women.
Rugby Union World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson and his former England team-mate Rory Underwood, who is riding for Alzheimer’s Research UK, are taking part as are a host of Olympians riding for SportsAid including: Heather Stanning, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Jess Eddie, Lizzie Simmonds and Leon Taylor. Mark Hunter, rowing gold medallist in 2008, also returns for a third time.
Olympic silver medal-winning badminton player Gail Emms and England netball international Pamela Cookey join journalist and author Bryony Gordon in a team of riders representing SKODA-Telegraph.
Pop singer Lemar, who appeared in Dancing on Ice this year, is back for his third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 while former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater is riding for The Children’s Trust.
Finally there are a trio of cyclists for whom 100 miles should represent little problem: former world time trial champion Emma Pooley, who is riding for World Bicycle Relief, four-time Olympian Bryan Steel (SportsAid) and 2008 Olympian Jonny Bellis, who has been providing riders with his top tips for riding 100 miles on the Prudential RideLondon social media pages.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 29 July and will see 25,000 amateur cyclists start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ride through London and out to the Surrey Hills of Leith Hill and Box Hill before coming back into London and an iconic finish on The Mall.