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Champion’s Chase

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Congratulations to our ambassador and World and Olympic Cycling Champion Joanna Rowsell MBE who won the race!

Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX

26 February 2015 5-7pm

Have you ever wondered just how good Olympic athletes really are? Could three amateurs working as a team beat an Olympic Champion battling on their own? To celebrate the formal launch of the RIDE100 series, Action Medical Research Ambassador, World and Olympic Champion Joanna Rowsell MBE will take on an intense and absorbing cycling challenge to find out.

At 5pm on 26 Feb 2015, Joanna will take on 3 talented amateur riders over a 10 mile distance. The challenge will be carried out on Watt Bikes with the three swapping in and out to try and beat Joanna. It should be a tight race, as by rotating their efforts the team will push Joanna all the way! Why not come down to ‘Look Mum No Hands’, have a coffee (or maybe the odd Belgian beer), eat some cake and cheer Joanna on? It promises to be a great night and lots of fun!

look mum no hands and wattbikeIn the lead up to the event we will be inviting you to post your own 10 mile rides on our Action Medical Research Strava group. One lucky person will get the chance to ride with Joanna on our celebrity ride out on 1 March. We won’t just be looking for the quickest 10 mile ride so get creative and set the distance as imaginatively as possible!

The event kicks off a busy year of cycling events for Action Medical Research with the ever popular RIDE100 series and our famous London to Paris trips all returning this year. The 10 event RIDE100 series runs from April-September 2015, across the country, providing a range of scenic, safe and challenging sportives for riders of all abilities. Why not take a look and sign up?

Look Mum No Hands! Old Street, London

More about the amateur riders

Rebecca Charlton

Rebecca is a journalist and TV presenter specialising in cycling. She’s ridden and raced since she was old enough to hop on a bike but since pursuing her career in journalism she's much more likely to be found interviewing the likes of Joanna Rowsell MBE than attempting to race her! She is Deputy Editor of Cycling Active magazine, a regular contributor to Cycling Weekly and is currently reporting for Channel 4’s Revolution Series coverage.
Follow Rebecca on Twitter @beccacharlton and find out more at


Rob Spedding

Rob SpeddingThe creative, talented and award-winning editor who has been at the helm for Cycling Plus since August 2007 taking circulation from under 30,000 to its current level of over 51,000. Rob is also regular presenter of video content on and YouTube. When asked why he loves riding his bike Rob says: “The answer is simple. I love it because it keeps it me fit; because it gets me to work; because it allows me to push myself to my limits; because it takes me to parts of the world I’ve never seen before; because it helps me make new friends; because it lets me indulge my passion for machinery and gear; because it gives me incredible stories to tell. Like I said, the answer is simple”


OJ Borg

OJ BorgOJ is currently one of the regular presenters for the National Lottery on BBC1, hosting everything from the Christmas Special with Myleene Klass at the National History Museum to trying his luck at Olympic sports leading up to the London Olympics.

As well hosting shows on BBC America, Channel 5 and Radio 2, OJ took over the 'Bespoked' Cycling programme from Colin Murray on BBC 5live so he can now take his love of bikes and gratuitously wearing lycra in public.

Starting in radio in Manchester OJ moved into TV hosting a daily live show for VH1 and the Film Show Screen for MTV. He was part of the team that Launched Nuts TV and after a stint working back on the radio for Kerrang! he moved back up to Manchester to take over the Hometime show on Key 103.

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