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Fearne Cotton off to a bumpy start as stars get on their bikes for Sport Relief

05 FEBRUARY 2010

She successfully scaled Mount Kilimanjaro last year, but Fearne Cotton has been having a little more trouble conquering the streets of Buckinghamshire.

The TV presenter – who joined celebrities including Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow to climb Africa's highest peak for Comic Relief in 2009 – is currently preparing to cycle across the country in aid of Sport Relief.

Headed up by recently-engaged David Walliams, a team of British stars - comprising of Fearne, Davina McCall, Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart, Russell Howard and Patrick Kielty – will attempt to ride their bikes 1,000 miles nonstop from John O'Groats to Lands End beginning on March 1.

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And ahead of the challenge, the 28-year-old has been putting in some practice – picking up a few bumps and bruises along the way.

Writing on her blog, Fearne told her fans: "At the weekend myself and David Walliams…headed out of Marlow where our wonderful trainer Greg lives. He took us on a 90 minute cycle of doom around the local hills."

"I unintentionally dismounted (fell off) twice, and David got four punctures in 90 minutes which I believe is a world record," she said.

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"We look the part in our shiny red jackets and fancy cycling shoes, but are generally terrible at cycling. I'm more than nervous about this challenge looming."

Unfortunately for the Radio 1 DJ, one of her 'dismounts' has been made available for all to see thanks to a video released by Sport Relief. It shows her cycling behind the Little Britain star before their wheels touch, causing her to fall off her bike into a parked van.

While some of the participating famous faces are struggling, David and Davina are said to be performing well.

Both have illustrated their physical fitness in the past – Big Brother host Davina has a range of successful fitness DVDs, while the 38-year-old comedian swam the Channel for Sport Relief in 2006.

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