Gareth’s big bike ride to Aberdeen
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.
Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas before his cycle from Cardiff to Aberdeen