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Jockeys swap horses for bikes for charity


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  • 3 National Hunt jockeys worked up a sweat last week (17 March) — but on bikes rather than in a sauna.

    Aidan Coleman, Sam Twiston-Davies and Mattie Batchelor joined Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw on a mission to raise money for Sport Relief.

    The DJ, along with celebrity guests, had to cycle 1,000 miles in 12hr — on exercise bikes — in a transparent box in London outside the BBC studio.

    So the jockeys, obviously more used to riding horses than bikes, donned their silks and joined “Grimmy” for a bit of spinning.

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    “It wasn’t too hard,” said Aidan. “But it was good fun, especially with Mattie Batch [known for being a comedian in the weighing room] doing it too. It was for a great cause as well.”

    The challenge raised more than £115,000. Other celebrities joining in included McBusted, Professor Green, Pixie Geldof and a rather overqualified Victoria Pendleton.

    ➤ Visit: www.sportrelief.com/radio-around-world-sport-relief

    This article was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (27 March 2014)

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