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Jeremy Clarkson backs Help for Heroes cycle ride

Controversial TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has decided to put aside his aversion to bicycles to lend his support to Help for Heroes.

The Top Gear front man, who once described cycles as "silly Victorian distractions", is encouraging people to get on their bikes and back the Hero Ride fundraiser.

Jeremy Clarkson is patron of Help for Heroes Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

He said: "I'd like to encourage as many of the great British public as possible to take to their bikes and fundraise in what will be a brilliant day to raise money and also celebrate our heroes."

Taking place on June 2, cyclists from all corners of the country will stage fundraising bike rides, with organisers hoping to raise more than £2 million for Help for Heroes.