TV star Davina McCall finished a 100km ride around Sussex on Saturday afternoon despite a tough course and suffering a heavy cold.
The mum of three pledged to do it all again next year after joining more than 300 women for the Action DIVA Sussex bike ride to raise funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
She and her fellow riders braved blustery conditions as they pedalled through beautiful rural Sussex, with cyclists of all abilities taking part.
On her arrival back at the East Sussex National at Little Horsted she was met by her 93 year old grandmother.
There was a choice of three circular ride routes to cater for all fitness levels, from a ‘cool’ 21 miles, a ‘classic’ 40 or the toughest 65-mile ‘champion’ route.
All took them through beautiful countryside scenery.
This is the third year Davina has cycled to raise funds for Action Medical Research, a charity she has supported since she was a child and has meant more since she became a mum.
She hopes her involvement will inspire more women to get in the saddle.
Davina said: “It was a beautiful route through some of the most amazing Sussex countryside.
“Women of all shapes, sizes and abilities took part, and Action Medical Research provided great support for all riders.
“The Sussex country lanes were pretty hilly and the headwind was crazy! But everyone stuck together and crossed the finish line, and I am so proud of every woman who did the ride!
“There was such a fab feeling of female solidarity – well done the girls! Can’t wait for next year, why don’t you come join us?
“Money raised by riders in the Action DIVA Sussex will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.
“The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, Downs syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.”
The ride was supported by bike brand Trek and is expected to raise around £45,000 to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.
The Action DIVA Sussex will return in May 2014 and is part of a series of women’s cycling events. Visit www.action.org.uk/diva-rides