Gareth’s big bike ride to Aberdeen

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

FOR­MER Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas is to cy­cle 500 miles to raise money for Sport Re­lief.

Thomas re­vealed he was HIV pos­i­tive in Septem­ber and has since been widely praised for his courage in re­duc­ing the stigma sur­round­ing the virus.

The 45-year-old will pedal from Cardiff to Aberdeen in a week with the Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year tro­phy and will de­liver the award on stage next Sun­day.

Named the Tour de Tro­phy, the chal­lenge will see Thomas switch from a tra­di­tional bike to a four-per­son pedal bike where he will be joined by celebri­ties.

Thomas has previously told how the Duke of Sus­sex of­fered sup­port to him and his fam­ily af­ter he pub­licly re­vealed he was HIV pos­i­tive.

The pair have since col­lab­o­rated on a new film re­leased by the Ter­rence Hig­gins Trust to mark na­tional HIV Test­ing Week.

Speak­ing to the Daily Mir­ror about Prince Harry join­ing him for part of the ride, To­mas said: “It’d be ab­so­lutely amaz­ing if he would, but I am not sure if he is crazy enough to come out in De­cem­ber. ”

The ex-full­back, who came out as gay in 2009, is thought to be the first UK sports­man to go pub­lic about liv­ing with HIV.

COMIC RE­LIEF

For­mer Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas be­fore his cy­cle from Cardiff to Aberdeen

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