Cyclist Geraint Thomas raises £300k for NHS by doing 'nurses' shifts'

Cyclist Geraint Thomas raises more than £300,000 for the NHS by replicating nurses’ 12 hour shifts on his bike

  • Tour de France winner rode for three consecutive 12-hour ‘shifts’ in his garage 
  • Final day diet included rice, chicken, Welsh cakes, coffee and a bacon sandwich
  • He described the last two hours as ‘the hardest I have ever had on the bike’
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Champion cyclist Geraint Thomas raised more than £300,000 for the NHS – by replicating nurses’ shifts on his bike.

The Tour De France winner put in three consecutive 12-hour ‘shifts’ by riding stationary equipment in his garage.

Thomas – whose mum Hilary is a nurse – said he wanted to do his bit to help raise money for those putting their lives at risk to help others on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

Geraint Thomas, pictured, put in three consecutive 12-hour ‘shifts’ by riding a stationary bike in his garage

He said: ‘She has retired three times already but has come back so I wanted to help in any way I can.

‘The only thing I know how to do is ride a bike.

‘Nurses work 12 hour shifts so I thought I could replicate them on my turbo.’

He livestreamed his 7.30am-7.30pm rides via the internet and encouraged others to join him on virtual cycling programme Zwift.

Thomas munched on a bacon sandwich, pictured, as part of his final day diet, which also included rice, chicken, Welsh cakes, brownies, cookies and plenty of coffee

After completing the marathon shifts on Friday night, Thomas said: ‘No exaggeration, the last two hours were the hardest I have ever had on the bike.

‘I could barely sit down.

‘I am going to have a week off to recover from this. It was 36 hours in the saddle over three days which would normally be a big training week for me.

‘The longest ride I have done on the road is eight hours and 20 minutes in a group and that was with a coffee stop.

The Tour de France winner, pictured, livestreamed his 7.30am-7.30pm rides via the internet and encouraged others to join him on virtual cycling programme Zwift

‘On a turbo the longest was three hours and there is a lot of difference from that and riding outside where you have the scenery and downhill.

‘Here I am just in my garage.’

Thomas said his final day diet included rice, chicken, Welsh cakes, brownies, cookies, a bacon sandwich and plenty of coffee.

He celebrated finishing with a pint of beer in his kitchen.

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