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Tallia Storm on why she is celebrating her 20th birthday with the challenge of a lifetime

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Danielle Lawler

Celebs Go Dating star Tallia Storm has signed up for a gruelling charity ride along the South of France coastline to celebrate her 20 th birthday. The singer is pushing herself to the limits by joining a team of cyclists on a 200- mile bike ride from Cassis to Monaco in aid of Caudwell Children which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families. And she is going to celebrate the feat with a huge bowl of spaghetti bolognese.

"I thought turning 20 is the age you become an adult so I wanted to do something mature to mark it, and this felt a good time to challenge myself," said the singer who was invited to take on the ride by organisers John Caudwell and his partner former Lithuanian Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite after performing at their event last year.

Photographs: Callam Dent

"I'm excited to put myself to the test and do this for such an amazing charity. Modesta has given me lots of tips during my training and we have padded cycling shorts so hopefully it should be enjoyable.

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"I haven't eaten pasta in so long, I’m going to have a big bowl of spaghetti bologese at the end of it to celebrate. I'm just concerned that I said I'd perform at the Monaco Butterfly Ball gala dinner on Sunday at the end of it," she added. "I don't know how I'm going to stand up, I may have to sing from a bath of ice."

Photographs: Callam Dent

John Caudwell who founded Caudwell Children, has helped over 30,000 children to be cured or to lead substantially improved lives since 2000. His partner Olympic cyclist Modesta said: "I was so thrilled when Tallia agreed to be part of the cycle ride. It's going to be a fantastic couple of days. "It's quite emotional at the end of it. Each mile on the bike is a small step towards making a big difference to children’s lives." https://www.caudwellchildren.com/cassistomonaco/

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