SHEFFIELD cricketing star Michael Vaughan has convinced two of his dancing pals to swap sequins for the saddle.
Michael, who competed in the latest series of hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, is leading the Michael Vaughan Bike Ride, a cycle tour with a difference; combining cycling, celebrities and cricket.
Gymnast Louis Smith – winner of the last series – and fellow former England cricketer Phil Tufnell, a former Strictly contestant who joined the pair on the show’s recent live tour, which included a date at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena earlier this month, will both be taking part.
Louis, who won a silver medal on the pommel horse at the London Olympic Games last year, said: “I’m always up for a challenge and this seems like an exciting one.
“When Michael mentioned it to me I jumped at the chance to be involved.
“Not only will it be a fantastic way to travel the country, we’ll also be raising money for two important sports charities.”
The ride will raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine initiative.
It will follow the England versus Australia One Day International cricket series, starting at Headingley, Leeds, on Friday, September 6, and travelling to each of the venues before ending in London on Tuesday, September 17.
Each of the four stages will include a mix of cycling and a day at the cricket.
Speaking at the launch, 38-year-old Michael, of Baslow, a former Silverdale School pupil, said: “This is going to be a different challenge, but I am really looking forward to it. I’ll be cycling 462 miles over 12 days and that is not going to be easy but these are two really good causes.”
n Anyone interested in registering for any of the individual stages, or taking part in the whole challenge, should visit www.laureus.com/michaelvaughanbikeride