VIDEO: Mansfield Olympic swim star Rebecca Adlington gears up for Bike For Africa charity ride

Rebecca Adlington bronze 800 metres freestyle London Olympics Games 1
Rebecca Adlington bronze 800 metres freestyle London Olympics Games 1

London 2012 swimming medallist Rebecca Adlington has been taking part in the British Gas Bikes Britain challenge as part of her training for a 280-mile Bike For Africa charity cycle in Zambia next month.

The former double Olympic champion joined cyclists on the Leicester to Oldbury leg of the nine-day, 760-mile bike ride from Glasgow to Windsor which is raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

British Gas has set a fundraising target of £500,000, which will be used for the hospital’s neurological department.

Adlington was accompanied by Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson, former Commonwealth champion Ross Davenport and ex-swimmer Melanie Marshall who will all take part in the Bike For Africa challenge which is supported by British Gas and UK Sport.

To watch a preview video of Becky preparing for her big event click here.The team will leave the UK on 3rd October, for the four-day cycle from Livingstone to Lusaka which is aiming to raise £50,000 for Sport in Action charity. The money will go towards extending an existing AIDS hospital.

During the course of their visit they will stay with local families and visit charities supported by UK Sport.

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