Baywatch star David Hasselhoff was onhand this weekend as over 14,000 participants descended on London's docklands to swim, cycle and run their way through the capital at the Virgin London Triathlon.
Part of Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson’s celebrity relay team, The Hoff completed the cycle leg before handing over to British R & B singer Alexandre Burke who completed the run leg.
Speaking before the triathlon, Hasselhoff, who is more used to being driven round in an artificially intelligent car, commented “I run really well in slow motion on Baywatch, but I’ve not competed before, especially at bike riding, but I’m ready!”
“It was cool! I got my second wind until that last hill (into transition), they should put a downhill so you can fly into here, that’s tough. I won’t finish first but I don’t think I was last either.
Obviously pleased with the bright green mountain bike he’d been lent for the day Hoff remarked “I wish they had more turns and more little jumps and stuff.
Explaining his reason for sponsoring the event Sir Richard, who was taking part for the second year in a row, said “I think if you’re fit and healthy you can achieve pretty much anything in life.
If you let your body go it’s difficult to get up and go. I find it a very important rule in my life and it’s worked for me. I’m an enormous believer in setting yourself a challenge every year and trying to accomplish that challenge.”
In the Elite women’s race last minute entry Daniela Ryf from Switzerland finished over 2 minutes ahead of fellow Olympians GB’s Lucy Hall and South African Gillian Sanders.
Thanks to Danny Ward our British Bureau Chief for writing and filming this story.