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BBC’s Naga Munchetty to cycle 100km through the night

Thu, 16/04/2015 - 14:11

National breakfast TV presenter, Naga Munchetty will be gracing the streets of London this May as she takes on a 100km women only bike ride through the night in aid of cancer. Naga, who presents BBC One’s Breakfast, has been confirmed as an ambassador for Women V Cancer Ride the Night, which takes place on Saturday 30th May.

Naga commented: “I’m really pleased to be an ambassador for Women V Cancer Ride the Night. It looks and sounds like such an amazing event, of which I’m proud to be a part of.

“I’ve been keen to commit to a cycle challenge for some time now and this event is the ideal opportunity. It’s going to be a fantastic experience with lots of inspirational women coming together and supporting each other, while raising awareness and funds for three very worthy causes and benefitting their own health too. What better way to spend a Saturday night”.

The bike ride will be Naga’s biggest ever challenge on two wheels, having only used her bike leisurely once or twice since she bought it a few years ago. Naga will be presenting Breakfast on BBC One on the day of the ride, and will then travel back to London to take part in the charity event, so she will be taking on the 100km challenge on very little sleep.

She added: “I’ve not actually been out on a bike in preparation for the ride just yet, but I’ve just started working with a personal trainer to build up my strength and I’ve been doing lots of one hour long spinning sessions in the gym. My husband and I each have a really nice hybrid bike which we haven’t made the most of to date, so when I start my training outdoors, I’ll definitely be dragging him along with me. I’m quite competitive by nature, so I’ll be working hard to make sure I get in more miles than him”. 

Naga will lead 2,000 women out of Royal Windsor Racecourse where the ride starts and finishes on Saturday 30th May, before heading into London. National breakfast TV presenter, Naga Munchetty will be gracing the streets of London this May as she takes on a 100km women only bike ride through the night in aid of cancer. Naga, who presents BBC One’s Breakfast, has been confirmed as an ambassador for Women V Cancer Ride the Night, which takes place on Saturday 30th May.

Ann Frampton, Director of event organisers, Action for Charity commented: “We’re delighted to have Naga onboard as an official ambassador of Women V Cancer Ride the Night. The event is only in its second year, but it is already proving extremely popular with women around the UK and Naga’s association with the ride will only increase that further. There are so many different challenges out there now, so we wanted to do something different to inspire and motivate women of all ages and abilities to keep fit, while raising money for three very worthwhile charities.

“So many of the ladies who take part in the ride have experienced cancer in some way, and having the opportunity to meet Naga and ride alongside her as they tackle the 100km challenge is brilliant for them. She will be a very welcome addition amongst our 2,000 riders”.

The event, which is now in its second year, raises money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. In its first year, women taking part raised an incredible £1million for charity.

After being treated to a pink themed fireworks display at Royal Windsor Racecourse, the 100km bike ride will set off in four waves between 8.30pm and 10.30pm on Saturday 30th May, taking riders past many famous landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace to name a few.

The 2015 Women V Cancer Ride the Night has now sold out, but entries for the 2016, which takes place on Saturday 28th May 2016, will open on Sunday 31st May following this year’s event. For further information, go to www.ridethenight.co.uk.

Support Naga and over 2,000 women taking part in Ride the Night by texting RTNN90 to 70070, to donate £3. 100% of your donation will go to the Women V Cancer charities.

Alternatively, visit the event’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/RTN2015