Davina McCall in charity cycle ride from Cowdray Park

Davina McCall. Photo:will be setting off from Cowdray. Lee Collier
Davina McCall. Photo:will be setting off from Cowdray. Lee Collier

TV’s Davina McCall will once again take to the saddle when she joins riders for the second women-only DIVA100 Sussex bike ride, setting out from Cowdray Park in Midhurst on Sunday May 13.

Launched in 2011, the first ride saw more than 500 ladies of all cycling abilities taking part and raised more than £95,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research, which is based in Horsham.

Supported by leading bike brand Trek, the DIVA100 will again offer a choice of two circular countryside routes – a 100km challenge or a shorter 50km course for those looking to take it a little bit easier.

Davina, presenter of the The Biggest Loser on ITV1, as well as The Million Pound Drop and Got to Dance, said: “Last year’s DIVA100 ride was so special. It was great to get so many women together and to help a charity that is very close to my heart. The event had a really nice feel-good atmosphere, was great fun and something that all abilities could do. The route was fantastic, the scenery breathtaking and it was all finished off with a guilt-free burger at the end! What more could you want? I really hope to see everyone again for this year’s ride and to make it an even bigger and better event.”

Cyclists participating in the DIVA100 ride raise money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Sarah Stevenson, event organiser from Action Medical Research, says: “Last year’s DIVA100 ride was the charity’s first ever women’s bike ride and the response was so positive we’re actually doing three DIVA rides this year! The Sussex event is, of course, the original and we hope to see last year’s riders and lots of new faces joining us and Davina for another great day’s cycling in such a beautiful area.”

The ride is fully supported with plenty of rest stops and a fully-serviced lunch. Staff riders, first aiders and massage therapists will also be on hand.

Entry costs £28 and participants will also need to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

Sign up now at www.action.org.uk/diva100