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Sport Relief: John Bishop & Freddie Flintoff among stars in action at Olympic velodrome tonight, live on BBC

Scouse comic Bishop leads team against Coe's in elimination race - & other bike-related Sport Relief events...

Teams captained by Lord Coe, twice Olympic 1,500m champion, and Scouse comedian John Bishop will tonight go head to head in the velodrome at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark as part of tonight’s Sport Relief on BBC One.

Bishop – but not Coe, it seems – is due to take to the boards in a men’s elimination race that will feature in the first half of this evening’s programme from 7-8.30pm.

Also due to compete in front of a capacity crowd at the velodrome where Team GB dominated the track at London 2012 are comedian Patrick Kielty, former cricketer Freddie Flintoff, pop star Olly Murs, DJ Richard Bacon and radio and TV presenter Greg James.

It's not just about the bike, though. Other events lined up include rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and a swimming relay.

When the event was launched last month, Bishop said: “For Sport Relief 2012, I spent a week of pain cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London. To say it was tough is a huge understatement.

“But now, two years on, I am back again to take on whatever challenges Sport Relief throws at me. Am I intimidated by going up against four-time Olympic medal winner Sebastian Coe? No, I say, bring it on! May the best man win.”

Coe, who chaired London 2012 organisers LOCOG and is now chairman of the British Olympic Association, added: “As chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, I spent the best part of 10 years preoccupied with the planning and delivery of London 2012.

“Not once did I imagine that less than two years later I would find myself back at the park competing. I hear John Bishop has quite a competitive streak but I know these venues inside out – something that, probably unrealistically, I am hoping will play to my advantage.”

Last night, BBC screened Davina – Beyond Breaking Point, which followed Davina McCall’s attempt to swim, cycle and run from Edinburgh to London within seven days. You can watch it on iPlayer here.

Other bike-related events tying in with Sport Relief include the Tour de Yorkshire Tandem which sees BBC Look North presenters Harry Gration and Amy Garcia take on the routes of the two Yorkshire stages of July’s Tour de France, and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle rides, which take place in London, Glasgow and Manchester on Sunday.

You can find full details of Sport Relief 2014, including how to donate, on its website.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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DrewN | 9 years ago

Bristol Bike Science are in the process of becoming Knights of Sufferlandria today in aid of Sport Relief. From 7am to 7pm they're doing ten back to back Sufferfest videos. I called in this afternoon and can confirm they were all suffering.
They're on the last video now and the total so far is £1665. If you want to donate then the details are on

oozaveared | 9 years ago

It's all good for cycling.

watlina | 9 years ago

Looks like fun but I don't believe it's being shown completely live. There will be a 40 minute delay from action on track to the screen. This is to cover the possibility of major injuries with completely inexperienced riders on the track. Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See

farrell replied to watlina | 9 years ago
watlina wrote:

Olly Murs fell off during practice yesterday and ended with a cracking friction burn. See

Olly *Muurs* ..... I know, I know, you're welcome.

Karbon Kev | 9 years ago

tools, the pair of em' ...

farrell | 9 years ago

Flintoff is only there because he heard the word "Pringle" being mentioned.

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