TV doctors Dawn Harper and Pixie McKenna from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies series swapped their swabs for saddles yesterday (Wednesday 23 July) as they left Blackheath to complete the first 90-mile stretch of a 300-mile London to Paris bike ride for national children’s health charity Action Medical Research. The presenters of the popular no-holds-barred show were joined by fellow TV doctors Sarah Jarvis from The One Show and Rob Hicks from the History Channel to form Team GP.
In total, almost 600 charity cyclists set off from four London locations, following four different routes down to the coast. They will spend the next three days cycling through the French countryside before arriving in Paris on Saturday afternoon, ahead of the Tour de France professionals arriving on Sunday.
Team GP are raising money for the charity’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal, which aims to reduce life-threatening pregnancy complications and premature birth, and improve care for sick babies. Two of Dr Dawn’s three children were born prematurely, one at just 32 weeks.
They are riding Viner Gladius road bikes, supplied by UK distributors Company Z Ltd, and also have support from Specialized and Garmin.
Action Medical Research will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its flagship London to Paris bike ride in 2010. Next year’s event will have a new fifth, faster, route and aims to attract an extra 150 riders. You can find out more about the charity’s cycling events at www.action.org.uk/cycling
You can read more about Team GP and sponsor them by visiting www.action.org.uk/teamgp
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