Viner Bikes supports TV doctors on 300-mile ride for UK children’s charity
13 July 2009
A team of TV doctors will be riding the Viner Gladius road bike, supplied by UK distributors Company Z Ltd, when they take part in a London to Paris bike ride for children’s health charity Action Medical Research this month.
The four famous medics will be spending four days in the saddle on the 300-mile trip, which starts on July 22 and arrives in the French capital the day before the finale of the Tour de France.
Named Team GP, the quartet includes doctors Dawn Harper and Pixie McKenna, presenters of Channel Four’s popular no-holds-barred Embarrassing Illnesses and Embarrassing Bodies series. They will be joined by Dr Sarah Jarvis from BBC1’s The One Show and Radio 2 and Dr Rob Hicks from The History Channel and BBC Online.
The four doctors, who are all also practising GPs, will ride down the Champs Elysees on July 25, along with 600 other cyclists for the charity, to finish at the Eiffel Tower just hours before the professionals arrive and complete the final stage of the world’s most famous bike race.
The team have embraced their training and captain Dr Dawn Harper said: “Since starting to train for the ride, I've really been bitten by the cycling bug so I'm thrilled to be riding such a great bike. Swapping my tired, heavy, old mountain bike for the Viner Gladius has been a bit like switching to riding a thoroughbred instead of a cart horse! It’s an amazing machine!”
Paul Bullett, a director of Company Z Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be able to assist Action Medical Research and the TV doctors for their journey to Paris. Cycling is a great way to reduce carbon emissions and improve the environment for our children. The doctors should have a great ride on the Viner Gladius, which as an entry level carbon fibre road bike will prove nimble and comfortable.”
The team has also had support from Specialized, who have provided kit and helmets, and GPS specialists Garmin, who have supplied their Edge 705 cycle trainer.
Team GP will be 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.
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 more riders than ever. You can find out more about the charity’s cycling events at www.action.org.uk/cycling
For more information about Team GP and to sponsor them, visit www.action.org.uk/teamgp
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