Celebs at The Cycle Show

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A number of sports stars and celebrities will be creating a spectacle at the Cycle Show this weekend (14-16 October, ExCel, London).

Olympic and international stars from a series of sports will be taking a challenge on the TRI UK duathlon course on Friday 14 October.

Former England footballer and keen cyclist Geoff Thomas, Former European and Commonwealth 400m champion Iwan Thomas, international cyclist Rob Sharman, British trials junior world champion Ben Slinger, former Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel and England international rugby player Phil Greening will be battling it out in the men’s showdown.

They’ll be fighting it out to see who’s the fittest and pitching their respective sports and training regimes against each other to see who will reign triumphant.

Winning women will include athlete Katharine Merry, Superbike star Maria Costello, 24hr mountain bike champion Jenn O’Connor; England cricketers and members of the winning Ashes team Claire and Clare Taylor, rower Lorna Norris; BMX Rider Shaneaze Reade; and Olympic silver medallist rower Debbie Flood.

The sports stars will be racing 6k on static bikes before taking to the treadmill for a 2k slog.

Olympic athlete Darren Campbell will also be there to cheer on GB team mate Iwan Thomas and will be on hand to share his sporting success stories with Cycle Show visitors.

Top British cyclist and Lance Armstrong team mate Roger Hammond will be at the show on Saturday 15th to offer tips and advice on cycling style. He will be in the aisles, trying out the Transport for London city test track, and generally enjoying the Cycle Show experience.

Other, less likely show celebs include former politician Edwina Currie who will be at the show to promote cancer charity Marie Curie’s Great 500 ride. A keen cyclist, Edwina will be taking part in one of the five rides that start in various European cities and end in Warsaw to raise money for the charity. Marie Curie hopes to raise £1m from the race.

And broadcaster Jon Snow will also be at the show to announce the winner of the Transport for London Cycle Safer Challenge. Children from schools across London were asked to design a gadget to help encourage safer cycling. The winning entries will be on display at the show and Jon will be meeting the cycle-savvy kids.

Tickets cost £12 on the door and &ppound;10 if you book in advance (get another quid off by quoting “Magic” when you book…) and kids go for a quid with a paying adult. To book simply visit www.cycleshow.co.uk or call 0870 126 1786.

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