Louise Minchin: BBC Breakfast host takes up bike challenge amid painful foot injury

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin asks Joe Wicks for ankle advice

Louise Minchin, 52, previously shared images on social media of her bandaged foot, after sustaining a foot injury that left her unable to present her BBC Breakfast slot a few weeks ago. The broadcaster took an extended break from the show but returned to the sofa alongside her co-host Dan Walker, 43, last month.

Louise had recently shared she was “uncertain” about her recovery time as she returned to her job sporting a walking boot that protects fractures and crutches.

Taking to Twitter, she has since revealed she will be taking part in a virtual bike challenge in aid of charity.

The TV star suggested that she would be the bike rider “at the back” in reference to her injury.

In view of her 197,000 followers, the Breakfast host retweeted a post from Olympian Chris Hoy who has put together the bike ride challenge.

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He penned: “Calling all Zwifters! Join me, @louiseminchin @lauracwinter and a host of rugby and other sports stars on @GoZwift at 9:45am uk time. 50km social ride with a 10km burn up at the end for those who fancy it. All in aid of @DoddieGump!”

Louise admitted she was excited about taking part in the virtual as she urged others to join.

“Really looking forward to this, I will be the one at the back, helping to sweep up anyone else like me who might be off the pace!” the BBC host remarked.

Doddie’s is a mass participation exercise event running through January 2021.

The charity bike ride aims to raise money for people affected by motor neurone disease.

Louise’s foot injury was a result of the presenter not having her ankle previously checked after sustaining an injury training for a triathlon last year.

“Instead of seeing a doctor I wrapped it, iced it, took some painkillers, and stopped running for three weeks before Norseman,” Louise explained.

“It worked, and although it was tough, I finished the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and marathon, limping but ecstatic at the sense of achievement.”


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Louise continued: “After that, my foot clearly wasn’t fixed but I keep on going from one event to another, always finding an excuse not to get it checked.

“I did a further three ultra-events before finally, after a challenging 26.2 miles on the Sandstone Trail, went to the doctor.”

She then revealed that she had broken a bone in her foot and also snapped an ankle ligament.

After surgery to reconstruct, Louise admitted she has no idea how long it would take to fully recover.

Meanwhile, her Breakfast co-star Dan warned Louise to be careful as she confirmed she is slowly getting back into exercise.

Speaking on the programme, the fitness-enthusiast quizzed Joe Wicks on what exercise she can partake in.

Joe gave some helpful advice, replying: “If you’ve got an injured foot I would focus on… is it just squats and lunges you can’t do or the impact stuff?

Louise laughed, commenting: “Let’s not go into too many details but just something that doesn’t involve jumping!”

Dan weighed in, reminding the pair of Louise’s injury, commenting: “You’ll get in trouble with the physiotherapist!”

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