At 7.30am BST, former Tour de France Winner, Geraint Thomas will start the first of three shifts in aid of the National Health Service as it leads the fight against COVID-19 in the UK.
In a bid to raise £100,000 in funding to support NHS workers across the UK, Geraint Thomas will be mirroring the standard shift of a typical NHS worker each day from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th April. That means he will be riding 12 hours a day, 36 hours in total. To kick things off, Zwift has pledged a donation of £25,000.
G will be live streaming his rides, but Zwifters are encouraged to drop in and ride with him in support. Rides are broken down into two hour increments to allow people to join in the challenge. A full list of events can be found here - https://zwift.com/events/series/geraint-thomas-nhs-zwift-shifts/.
For those who can afford to make a donation in support, they can do so here - https://www.gofundme.com/f/GsNHSZwiftShifts.
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