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Chris Froome to race celebrities on Zwift this Sunday evening

Joe Robinson
5 Jun 2020

Four-time Tour de France winner to race likes of Mel C from the Spice Girls and Darren Gough up a virtual volcano

Missing bike racing? Yearning to see a seven-time Grand Tour champion race a set of celebrities up a virtual volcano to help donate 1,000 Bromptons to NHS key workers?

Well, you're in luck, because this Sunday evening Chris Froome will be taking on cricketing Ashes legend Kevin Pietersen and a collection of his 'celebrity friends' in The Race: Wheels For Heroes on Zwift.

Broadcast on Sky Sports and Zwift's YouTube channel from 19:30 (BST), Froome will challenge the likes of Spice Girl Mel C, multiple Ryder Cup winner Lee Westwood and even Olly Murs on the Watopia Volcano circuit. 

Obviously, if this was a straight-up race, Froome would win comfortably. So to make it interesting each contestant will have completed a 20 minute FTP (functional threshold power) test before the race. 

Dependant on their numbers, they will then set off in intervals based upon their fitness ability with Froome setting off last in hot pursuit. 

Now you would expect Froome to win easily, but with the stubborn determination of professional athletes and the motivation of helping support NHS key works, Pietersen believes an upset could be on the cards. 

'I’m really happy that we’re in a position to be able to provide help to our key workers during this tough period, and what a way to do it,' said Pietersen.

'As well as providing funds to donate 1,000 bikes via Wheels for Heroes, we’re also looking to provide some fun. We’ve got a great bunch of celebrities looking to beat Chris on Sunday. I’m looking forward to providing an upset!'

Whoever wins, the main goal will be raising money for the 'Wheels for Heroes' incentive in which bike brand Brompton is helping manufacturer 1,000 extra bikes for NHS workers to use for safe commuting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Realistically, Froome should still win but nevertheless, it will provide some entertainment seeing if anybody can even stay on his wheel for more than half a second.