Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 30, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jack Bobridge forced into early retirement; More reactions to team size reduction plan; Roland Liboton: ‘Wout van Aert should be worried’; FDJ moving forward with women’s programme addition; Tour de France to race on Tro-Bro Léon roads in 2018?; Ghent-Wevelgem retires bib 192 for Antoine Demoitié; Louis Vuitton in talks to buy Rapha; Descending the Stelvio with no handlebars or brakes; Police seize $100k of bikes in Gold Coast town; ‘Tour de Celeb’ cycling reality TV show kicks-off; Video: Behind the scenes of Roadtripping Bali; Revolution Cycling Champions League Manchester highlights; Emu attacks cyclist.

‘Tour de Celeb’ cycling reality TV show kicks-off

by CyclingTips

A new reality show in Britain is following eight celebrities on their journey to train and ride the Etape du Tour, a cyclosportive event that allows amateur cyclists to race over the same route as a Tour de France stage. Each participant must ride 25 hours each week in preparation for the mountainous 140 kilometre event.

Courtesy: Channel 5

Courtesy: Channel 5

The show follows reality TV stars Hugo Taylor and Lucy Mecklenburgh, choreographer Louie Spence, TV presenters Jodie Kidd and Angellica Bell, and sports stars Austin Healey, Darren Gough and Amy Williams. Of course none of which have ridden a bicycle in any serious manner, resulting in the promised thrills, spills and a few tears.

Louie Spence stole the show in comparison to the others. When told he would have to ride 60 miles, he replied “don’t be silly, I can’t even say 60!”

Of course the professional athletes are having an easier time with the fitness part of the show, but even they are going through what all rookie cyclists experience, including trouble clipping in and being dropped.

Social media is delighting in the trials and tribulations of the contestants.

Click through to read more at The Telegraph.