Ride with "Shut Up Legs" Jens Voigt

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Are you missing German funnyman/cyclist Jens Voigt and his Tour de France coverage? With his upright stance, fulsome knowledge of the pro cycling world and jokes about 'shmoking' and 'exshploding', Ride Velo can't get enough. 

The Jensie stepped in to provide analysis for ITV4 when Chris Boardman sadly had to return home two weeks into the Tour. Former teammates Boardman and Voigt go back a long way; in his autobiography, Boardman likened their relationship to that of an old married couple. Voigt also achieved the World Hour Record, back in 2014 aged 43. He started his cycling career nearly 20 years ago in 1997, only recently retiring from pro cycling.

Now us ordinary mortals have the opportunity to ride with him on the Jens Voigt 'Shut up Legs' Charity Ride. Taking place in Hampshire on September 10th over a 52 mile circuit of the New Forest, just 120 riders will be able to take part in the event. 

Ride organiser and local fundraiser Stuart Grace is an old friend of Jens. The event started back in 2013 to raise money for the Epilepsy Society, on behalf of Stuart's 18-year old daughter, Amy. Since then the fundraiser has been extended to Wings for Life and Breast Cancer Care. You can take part by signing on at their Just Giving page. As Jens says: "If you try you may lose... if you don't try you lose for sure."