Arielle Free will be taking on a Red Nose Day challenge like no other as she attempts to cycle for 50 hours, across 5 cities in 5 days, all whilst DJing live… This is BBC Radio 1’s ‘Tour de Dance’ with Arielle Free
Early Breakfast host, Arielle Free is taking part in Radio 1’s ‘Tour de Dance’ with Arielle Free
This relentless challenge taking place between Sunday 5 March and Thursday 9 March, will see Arielle take on the streets of York, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool on a 10-person bike, complete with DJ decks
Arielle will be joined by Radio 1 listeners as well as some famous faces to keep the wheels turning and the DJ decks spinning
To kick off the challenge on Sunday 5 March, Arielle will join Greg James live on Radio 1 for a special ‘Tour de Dance for Red Nose Day’ show
Money raised from the challenge will go to Comic Relief to help people through the toughest times of their lives, in the UK and around the world
Red Nose Day returns on Friday 17 March
For more information and to support Arielle visit: comicrelief.com/arielle(opens in new window)
Friday 3 March 2023: BBC Radio 1’s Early Breakfast host, Arielle Free is preparing for the ultimate DJ set and challenge of a lifetime - the ‘Tour de Dance’ with Arielle Free. Arielle will attempt to cycle for 50 hours, across 5 cities in 5 days, all whilst DJing live, to raise life-changing funds for Comic Relief and support people across the UK and around the world.
From Sunday 5 March, Arielle will be taking to the streets of York, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, tackling a different city each day. Arielle will undertake this challenge on a 10-person bike, specially adapted to be equipped with DJ decks and a giant Red Nose.
Arielle will not be able to complete the challenge solo, and will be joined by Radio 1 listeners and some famous faces in each of the five cities, who will all need to pedal together to keep the music pumping and help to get Arielle over the finish line.
On Sunday 5 March, Arielle will join Greg James for a one-off Breakfast special ‘Tour de Dance for Red Nose Day’ show to talk though the challenge and the tyre-some task she is about to embark upon. This is set to be the ultimate test of stamina, strength and endurance.
Arielle Free said: “I’m SO nervous about the challenge, it’s something I’d never considered before, and that’s just the cycling shorts! It’s going to be a huge mental and physical challenge peddling whilst mixing live, across 5 cities in one week.
I have definitely had some funny looks in the gym whilst practising DJing on the bikes!
Looking forward to raving and pedalling across the nation, if you see us cycling past, please show some support by dancing along! And please donate if you can!”
Greg James said: “These challenges only work when the whole station and all the listeners get behind them so I’ll be doing my very best to be the ringmaster back at base rallying everyone together to get Arielle over the finish line. She’s incredibly tough but this will be her biggest challenge yet…”
Samir Patel, CEO of Comic Relief said: "We are incredibly excited to have the support of Arielle for this extraordinary challenge that only our friends at Radio 1 could imagine. The ‘Tour de Dance’ with Arielle Free is a unique and exciting way to raise funds and we hope that Radio 1 listeners and people across the country get behind Arielle and help her through this huge challenge of a lifetime. Good luck Arielle!"
The challenge will begin on Sunday 5 March live on Radio 1 and you can catch up with Arielle each day of the challenge on Vick Hope and Jordan North’s show, which will be renamed during the challenge to ‘Tour de Dance for Red Nose Day’ and broadcast live from the city Arielle has cycled through.
Don’t miss out on any of the fun – all the action will feature on Radio 1, the BBC Sounds app and across social media as Arielle gets set to take on the longest rave of her life to raise life changing money for Comic Relief. The money raised will help support people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and tackle issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, and food poverty here in the UK and around the world.
To find out more, cycle over to: comicrelief.com/arielle(opens in new window)
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About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is back on Friday 17 March 2023.
Once a year, we all come together to help those who need it most – and we have a great time doing it. So, this year, whether you bake a cake or sponsor your mates, buy a Red Nose or donate on your phone, let’s make Red Nose Day the best day ever. Together we can help people going through the toughest times of their lives and help them break free from the effects of poverty, in the UK and around the world.
Whatever you’re able to do this year - you’ll be part of something incredible and most importantly you’ll be helping to change people’s lives for the better. Visit comicrelief.com/rednoseday or follow @ComicRelief on social media for the latest Red Nose Day content, news and information.
Red Nose Day is an initiative of Comic Relief.
About Comic Relief
Comic Relief uses the power of humour and popular culture to engage people to help others and raises money to support organisations working towards a just world free from poverty.
Our mission combines Comic and Relief. We believe that helping others can be easy and fun, even in the face of the challenges we face every day.
Everyone should be able to have a decent standard of living and to live life with dignity and respect – but right now, in the UK and around the world, poverty and injustice restrict too many of us. We know that a better world is possible. We provide funding to fantastic organisations who are closest to the communities who can make change happen. We support work that will help to alleviate poverty’s consequences, tackle related injustices, and address the link between climate change and poverty.
For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit comicrelief.com or follow @ComicRelief on social media for the latest content, news and information.
Comic Relief is the operating name of Charity Projects, registered charity in England & Wales (326568) and Scotland (SC039730).