Italian owner saddled up for Sheffield charity cycle

Gian Bohan gets encouragment - and a biscotti - from his business partner Maurizio Mori as he prepares for his Sunday in Hell challenge on April 8
Gian Bohan gets encouragment - and a biscotti - from his business partner Maurizio Mori as he prepares for his Sunday in Hell challenge on April 8
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Cycle-mad Gian Bohan is gearing up for an Easter Sunday to remember - and one the Sheffield restaurateur will probably want to forget.

Nonna’s owner Gian will be embarking on a non-stop 24-hour Sunday in Hell cycling challenge for charity.

He will mount his stationary bike on the terrace of the Ecclesall Road Italian restaurant on Sunday, at 2pm - and will not stop pedalling until 2pm on Easter Monday.

The 45-year-old, who runs Nonna’s with business partner Maurizio Mori, said: “Yes, I do realise it’s a crazy challenge.

“To be honest, it was one of those brief moments of madness where you’re sitting with your mates and you think ‘yeah, that’s a great idea’ - but then the idea stuck somehow.

“Now I’ve got tons of sponsors and so I thought I’d better start preparing.”

Gian, a member of the Sheffield-based La Squadra cycling club, is raising money for this year’s Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam, when he will join sporting legends Lawrence Dallaglio and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff on a charity bike ride across Europe raising cash for The Dallaglio Foundation, the Andrew Flintoff Foundation and Virgin Unite.

Gian will join the pair when they pedal the length of Italy - covering a total of 1,290km over 10 days from Saturday, April 28.

Nonna’s will remain open during Gian’s challenge, serving coffee to well-wishers and sponsors, as well as fellow cyclists willing to mount one of the spare bikes beside him for their own stint.

n To sponsor Gian, visit www.nonnas.co.uk/sheffield or follow Gian on Twitter @GianBohan