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Geraint Thomas raises £360k for NHS charities with mammoth Zwift rides

Joe Robinson
20 Apr 2020

Geraint Thomas completed three 12-hour Zwift rides to mirror shifts of NHS staff

Geraint Thomas has raised over £360,000 so far for NHS charities after completing three mammoth, 12-hour Zwift rides last week. The 2018 Tour de France champion decided to use his time in coronavirus lockdown to help raise money for the hardworking staff and healthcare workers battling the pandemic.

He did this by mirroring three, 12-hour shifts of the NHS health workers on his indoor turbo trainer from Wednesday through to Friday last week.

By the time Thomas had clocked his final hour on Friday, donations stood at £300,000. Money has continued to come in over the weekend and as of Monday morning over £360,000 has been raised.

All money raised will be going to NHS Charities Together, a collective body of 140 NHS charities throughout the United Kingdom. You can still donate to Thomas's GoFundMe page here.

The Welshman spoke to the BBC on Friday evening having completed his last ride, stating he was delighted with the money raised so far.

'The amazing thing has been raising so much money, it's insane,' said Thomas. 'I thought £50,000 was a good target but someone in the team thought we should aim for the stars and go for £100,000. To triple that is fantastic.

'A huge thanks to everyone who has joined me and donated, but the biggest thanks goes to everyone working for the NHS. Their commitment and everything they're doing, it means so much to everyone, to the whole country.'

He also jested that he was looking forward to a shower and maybe even a bag of frozen peas for down below on completion as he settled down with a beer and curry as a celebration for his accomplishment.

So far, Thomas has not released his ride data from his three days on Zwift although he did state he ticked off a mighty 420km on the first day of riding.