Olympic boxer Nicola Adams inspiring young cyclists at Lee Valley VeloPark
PUBLISHED: 14:20 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:41 01 March 2017
The world's first-ever female boxing champion, Nicola Adams, is hoping to inspire youngsters to join the Prudential Ride London.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist, who has recently turned professional, will be cycling 46 miles alongside more than 100 students and teachers from 11 schools and colleges from across the capital later this year.
Nicola was joined by the first group of students to sign up to receive bikes, equipment, training and nutrition advice as part of the new PruGoals programme – a partnership between Teach First, the charity that works to improve educational equality in schools and Prudential – at the Lee Valley VeloPark this morning.
“It’s going to be a chance to inspire the youngsters to get involved and take on a challenge they may or may not have done before,” the 34-year-old explained.
“I’m really excited, it’s going to be a big challenge doing 46 miles. The longest cycle I’ve done is 13km so far, so it’s going to be tough but I’m excited and looking forward to it.”
Having cycled as part of her training throughout her amateur career, Nicola is “looking forward” to the challenge, although she admitted it will be tougher than any of her rides before.
“My main goal is to inspire the next generation to get involved in cycling,” she said.
“For me it’s not just about the cycle, it’s about getting the kids to take on new challenges that they might not necessarily have taken on before and even though it will be cycling that they’ll be doing, they’ll gain the confidence to maybe take on new challenges in their working roles.
“They might be going for a new job and think, ‘you know what, I’m good at taking on challenges’.”
Nicola, who has always looked up to Muhammed Ali as her “hero”, is now a role model herself and even got a chance to catch up with a few of the children.
“I was talking to a couple of them, they’re excited about taking part and really excited about me taking part,” Nicola said.
“They were all asking me questions about how hard it’s going to be and are our legs going to be sore at the end.”
The ride will take place on Sunday, July 30, and will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Visit prudentialridelondon.co.uk for more information.