Cycling celebrities invite you to join them for online Christmas fun

Katie Archibald MBE, one of the special guests at the Break the Cycle Christmas Games
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Cycling celebrities invite you to join them for online Christmas fun

Cycling UK’s Break the Cycle Christmas Games take place on Friday 18 December at 7pm, live on YouTube and Facebook
  • Hosted by Anna Glowinski and Lorraine Dixon, with special guests including Olympic champion Katie Archibald MBE and TV presenters Ned Boulting, Rebecca Charlton and Orla Chennaoui
  • As well as fun quiz rounds – with audience participation encouraged – the event will showcase Cycling UK’s community clubs and projects and the individuals they help across the country 

This Friday (18 December), Cycling UK will be presenting a festive online game show featuring special guests from the world of cycling – and everyone is welcome to join in.

The Break the Cycle Christmas Games will be hosted by Cycling UK’s Anna Glowinski, TV presenter, mountain biker and promoter of women’s cycling, with DJ and cycle leader Lorraine Dixon as quizmaster. The guest panel consists of:

Katie Archibald MBE, Team GB track cyclist and 2016 Olympic champion in women’s team pursuit.

Mani Arthur, founder of Black Cyclists Network, who is currently setting up Britain’s first BAME race squad.

Ned Boulting, TV presenter, journalist, Tour de France commentator and editor of cycling almanac The Road Book.

Rebecca Charlton, TV presenter, author, public speaker and cycling commentator.

Orla Chennaoui, journalist and presenter of Eurosport’s cycling coverage.

Matt Stephens, ex-pro cyclist and Eurosport commentator.

Viewers who tune in to Cycling UK’s Facebook and YouTube channels from 7pm can expect plenty of games and quizzes to test the guests’ cycling knowledge. There will also be funny stories and laughs guaranteed, and no doubt a dash of competitive Christmas spirit.

As a cyclist I know how valuable the social side of our sport is, and while we’re having fun in our Christmas Games we’ll also be highlighting how Cycling UK’s projects and campaigns tackle social isolation

Rebecca Charlton, TV presenter and cycling commentator

The event will also highlight some of the projects and campaigns Cycling UK has delivered during 2020 as part of its goal to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the benefits of cycling. “Break the Cycle” is the theme of this year’s Cycling UK fundraising appeal, which focuses on how community cycling projects can help tackle loneliness and social isolation. While the event will be completely free to watch, viewers will be invited to donate to enable the charity to do even more.

Rebecca Charlton commented: “This has been a tough year for so many people, but it has been especially hard for those without the support network of friends and family. As a cyclist, I know how valuable the social side of our sport is, and while we’re having fun in our Christmas Games we’ll also be highlighting how Cycling UK’s projects and campaigns tackle social isolation.”


Rebecca Charlton
Rebecca Charlton

James Newman, Cycling UK fundraising manager, said: “Social isolation can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is linked to an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Cycling UK has kept more than 150 community cycling clubs and projects running this year, offering valuable support to people who might otherwise have had to face a difficult time alone. By joining in our Christmas Games you can show your support for our work, so get comfy, pour yourself a festive tipple, and join us for an evening of great entertainment.”

    Contact information 

    For more information, please contact the national Cycling UK press office. Due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, currently the main press office number (01483 238 315) is not being monitored. If you would like to speak to a member of the press office during working hours (0900 - 1700) please call Rob Kingston on 07880 424912 or email publicity@cyclinguk.org. Out of hours, call 07786 320 713. 

    Notes to editors 

    1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. More than a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.cyclinguk.org 
    2. Biographies of the guests and details of how to join the Christmas Games are available on the Cycling UK website at https://www.cyclinguk.org/break-the-cycle-christmas-games.
    3. The Break the Cycle Christmas appeal homepage, with case studies of people who have been helped by Cycling UK projects, and details of how donations can help, is at https://www.cyclinguk.org/breakthecycle.
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