A TELEVISION personality and sportsman has got on his bike to show his support for a Uttoxeter cycle club ahead of its mammoth charity effort.
Mark Beaumont was the star of the night after speaking at a sportsman evening of his remarkable adventures to help raise vital funds for the Talbot Charity Bike Ride.
He also joined the cyclists in the day for a training ride around the town.
The event was in support of the Talbot Charity Bike Ride challenge from Paris on September 2 with the members hoping to return back to Uttoxeter on September 7 in a bid to raise cash for YESS (Youth Emotional Support Services).
Beaumont, who is a well known as a broadcaster, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed joining the Old Talbot Charity Cycling Club for a training ride around Uttoxeter. They are fit and fired up for a fantastic ride from Paris and I wish them every success with the pedalling and their fund-raising.
“It was a real pleasure to come to Uttoxeter Town Hall and be a part of the Sportmans Dinner. This was one of my first opportunities to recount stories from my recent Commonwealth travels, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
“Talking about pedalling around the globe and the length of America hopefully inspired the Old Talbot Charity team to up their training before their pedal from Paris in September.”
The cyclist became a big name in the sporting world after he rode round the world on his own and knocked 81 days off the world record in the process.
Dave Price, chairman of the cycle club, said: “Following a terrific afternoon ride in which some of our members accompanied the man who cycled the world, a great evening was had by all and that is mainly due to the inspirational talk by Mark Beaumont, he really is a top bloke.
“To think from our humble beginnings three years ago as a club we are now capable of putting together such an event is testament to the hard work done by the Talbot Cycling club committee.
“I would like to thank all three speakers and also everybody that supported the event, it gives us motivation for similar events in the future.”
Uttoxeter’s deputy mayor Andrew Riley, who is also one of the cyclists taking part, added that the talk was an inspiration to all those that attended.
He told The Advertiser: “It was amazing to meet Mark. He's has inspired the whole club to push ourselves that much further and will give us motivation when things get tough on the Paris to Uttoxeter ride.
“It is also an achievement for the club to be able to bring someone like Mark to Uttoxeter. We had a great turn out. You couldn't hear a pin drop when he was speaking, everyone was transfixed by his trials and tribulations.
“We have renewed energy for the ride and organising the homecoming event for September 7 and hope all of Uttoxeter will support us and join us in raising money for local charity YESS.”