Robbie McEwen swaps two wheels for four in celebrity race

Robbie McEwen is set to join the Mazda3 celebrity race at the Australian Grand Prix.
Robbie McEwen is set to join the Mazda3 celebrity race at the Australian Grand Prix.

LEGENDARY Australian cyclist Robbie McEwen always had a need for speed on two wheels, and he's hoping that will translate to four when he joins the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge race in March.

The annual challenge is held as part of the Australian Grand Prix, held around Melbourne's Albert Park. 

McEwen, retired from professional cycling in 2012, still has an impressive turn of speed. He showed this by winning the criterium race at Noosa in November

With his 17-year career boasting 12 stage wins and three green jerseys for best sprinter at the Tour de France, McEwen is eager to attack his latest challenge and jostle for pole position.

McEwan is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Anna Meares who competed in last year's celebrity challenge. 

"Sir Chris Hoy came in second place in Sunday's race at last year's Celebrity Challenge and Anna Meares was the first female overall so I am quietly confident," McEwen said.

"Road bike racing uses similar skills to car racing, such as which lines to take and when to brake so hopefully I can use this to my advantage and come out a winner."

McEwen made the announcement in Adelaide yesterday after commentating for the Tour Down Under with sports broadcasting legends Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen which finished on Sunday.

The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge will feature 20 vehicles and will bring together celebrities from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Confirmed drivers for the 2014 Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge include:

  • Lauren Phillips
  • Charley Boorman
  • Torah Bright
  • Rob Mills
  • Tim Robards
  • Robbie McEwen

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