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Medieval Mayhem!

Medieval knights show off some spectacular jousting. Barney takes on a downhill challenge on a mountain bike, and long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont is in the studio.


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machine, please. So awkward it had! Keep your stories coming into CBBC.

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We will share more right after Blue Peter.

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Right guys, are we set for the Medieval Mayhem? Costume, check.

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Horses check... What abouts horses? Leave that to me.

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Wow! That was coal. -- cool.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Hello and welcome! We welcome to a

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very live Blue Peter. We are having a medieval pest.

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I have come as a knight. However, I am sir from

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Wolverhampton. What about you, Barney? Princess

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Barney. Welcome to medieval England. We have

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built this show today. It is awesome. We also have a medieval

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crowd. Give us a cheer. Coming up on the show, I am having a

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go at jousting. What? If you don't know what that

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is, check this out. Oh, my goodness. Lindsey, which are you? Hopefully

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the one on the horse! And Barney and I will be duelling like these

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guys... Stand back! Oh, oh, OK, then. How cool was that?! Wow, good

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luck, guys. We are so doing that later on.

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Will you still have the wig on? Yep. L Shelley is hiding. You know what

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you are doing. The first person it get in touch wins a medieval bag of

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gold. I want it! Taking things from the

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medieval times to the future. Well, a couple of weeks ago I went down a

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hill on a bike. You know what, sometimes it is nice to get out and

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about. Breathe in the fresh air, soaking up the scenery. It is worth

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doing something like that ever once in a while. Then again, it is also

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worth doing something extreme. And downhill mountain biking is extreme.

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Flying down off trail roads on specialist bikes as fast as humanly

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possible! I'm in the Scottish Borders to give it a go. My expert

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guides are these guys. Emily and Corinne are some of the best around.

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Their dad used to be a professional rider.

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Firstly, how do you explain the sport of mountain biking? It is

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rough terrain. Gravel. You are not on the road. It is all over the

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place. Jumps, drops. When you learned to ride a bike, how

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old were you? Two years and four months.

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OK. After that? It was all downhill from there! No. Now, your dad

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happens to be awesome as this, doesn't he? Yes, he is awesome.

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When did you standard, tat? When he was 18 for fun.

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Here we are now, all of these years later. How must the bike be

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different? Let's start with the tyre, Emily? The tyres are thicker.

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What is important about the handle bars? The handle bars must be wide

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so you have more control. I don't think it would matter if my

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handle bars were this wide. I will still wobble. I will need a bike,

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won't I? Yep. Are you showing me the ropes? Yep.

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OK, show me the way. Once they are happy with my safety,

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Crawford has advice about peddles. Going flat, the peddles should be

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level. On the corner if you go to the right, put your right foot down,

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and to the left, down on the left peddle. Pushing into the corner will

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give you more grip. A great tip. I have the basics but

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the challenge of the downhill bike are the a be stackles along the

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trail. Get it wrong, it could be nasty. I have tackle my first rocky

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patch. This looks fun.

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You will have to be confident. Lean back. And before you do it, don't

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brake. Make sure you commit before you go down it. Then you should be

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good. Really? Well, this is probably the

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scariest thing I have done for a while.

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Is it happening? It feels unnatural to ride over the rocks, rather than

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around them. I may have to have another go. Here

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we go. No. No. It is so hard to go for it! I'll come back round and try

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again. Come on, Barney, third time lucky. Here we go, oh, my goodness.

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That was amazing. Yes! Nailed it. There is some truth

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in the saying if at first you don't succeed, try again. I proved that.

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That was OK? That was good. What is next? A hard one.

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That wasn't the hard one? Nope! As if the riding over the rocks was not

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difficult enough, the hardest one is this, a drop. That is exactly what

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it looks like. You drop off that.

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Do you? Yep. The only way to safely come off a

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drop is to fully commit. Easy. Lean back and push the bike forward.

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It lites the wheel up so you don't go forward and then you land safely.

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Hopefully. To me, from the top this feels big.

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Oh, it is terrifying! He make it is! Look at that! I've learned so much

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in such a short space of time. Which is lucky, really, as my challenge

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hasn't even started. Tomorrow, the Mountain Bike World

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Cup is taking place three hours down the road. I am riding down a trail.

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Can I keep my nerve through every twist, turn, jump?!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE! So much fun! Barney, I want to see part two.

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Stay tuned for that. What is going on over there? Whoa! Yes! Mate, they

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are not holding back. That is what I'm talking about. Give it up for

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the knights of Warwick Castle! Confirm you are friends in real

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life! We are. Let's talk about the art of

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southward fighting, how far it goes back? The sword dates back to the

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bronze age. And as the swords developed you ended up with the

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weapon of choice for your medieval knight.

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Do people always ask that question when you are out of breath? Sorry

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about that! How are you a good swordsman. A good swordsman is

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strong, cunning. How do you dual? Firstly, you must

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know how to hold the sword. I have to say that this is a

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especially blunted blade. I, however, have sharpened mine! Now

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the stance. So spread the legs and drop into the knees to give yourself

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a good centre of gravity, to be able to avoid attacks.

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Why do have a little one? I don't trust him. Shall I keep my eyes on

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him Yes, a good knight should never take his eyes off his opponent.

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I have to say, we have tried this at home. So don't you try it at home as

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we have had a little bit of practice.

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Are we ready? Why. Leg! Shoulder! Very good. That

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concludes the knight's training. I had sand in my eye. Have another go.

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Head, shoulder, legs! What do you reckon? It looks like you are ready

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for battle. Really? I would love that. Having said that, this is

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simple compared to what Lindsey is about to do. Check this out.

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Yes. Welcome to Blue Peter. I am giving jousting a go. Who is with

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you? This is our beautiful horse. She even has a Blue Peter package on

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her?! I love that. So, tell me about the jousting?

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Jousting was a competition it was a show of horsemanship.

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There were men and women jousters. We are getting you on a horse to get

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you to strike the quintaine. You have to hit the shield. If you don't

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hit it prop Earl, the ball and the chain comes around to knock you on

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the back. Well, brilliant. Shall I get on the

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horse? I'm nervous about this. Hand on there and then there. Bend

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your leg back. One, two, three, up. Sorry, Mardy! You are in? Yes.

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You have the stirrups and the controls.

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OK. She will not run off? Not at all. I will look after you. I will

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be with you. Obviously a knight takes years to practice.

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This is my lance? Yes, a heavy lance, 12ft in length. I want you to

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bring it down and hold it as high as you can in your armpit.

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. Is Mehdi OK? She is. Just don't hit

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her on the head. Oops! That is down.

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Track it across and when you see the shield give it an almighty whack.

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Do you want to see how it is done? Yes, let's watch the boys in action.

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Let's watch a Lancastrian knight, Jules.

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OK. Is that what you expect from me? Yes.

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OK. Let's give it a go. It's Blue Peter. Should I have a go, guys?

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ALL SPEAK AT ONCE Yes! So, this is your quintaine.

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Have a look at it. Keep your eyes on your opponent at all times.

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Shall we try it fast? We trained a little bit but it's the live show,

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let's have a go at it. I may regret saying that.

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You are going to kick Mardy, and hold on tight and aim that in there.

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Go, go, go! Oh, I may have slightly just... Did I miss that? The ball

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was that close. There we go.

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Thank you so much. I will try to get off Mardy, I am glad she has a

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badge. Let's have a look at our badge wall.

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Let's have a look at our post. Last week I was a little naughty. I

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thought it hilarious. Hannah and Daniel made me oven gloves, the oven

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I was in last week was not a real one, a prop one. But I have got some

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oven gloves. Boos? They are not booing the gloves

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but the jousting! So, oven glove, amazing. Blue Peter badges on their

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way. Thank you very much.

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Felix, is eight. He has done a beautiful Meercat. It is on my

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shoulder. I have my classic T-shirt on. Felix

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looked how to draw meerkats from an encyclopaedia.

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Some people find it complicated but that is simples! That is great. And

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Asa from Coventry, you have won a badge as you made this beautiful

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minion picture. I love it, Asa. Speaking of minions I am excited as

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I got to meet Steve Carell and cares cares cares. Have a look at this.

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If you watch too much TV, your eyes will go square. Because I said so.

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The whole world does not revolve around you. There is even more of

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that on the website, so check that out. Happy dance. There she goes.

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Now it is part two of a film earlier where I rode downhill on a bike, and

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now I ride downhill on another bite. Earlier I got a lesson on downhill

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mountain biking from two of the best two riders in the UK. Now it is time

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for me to take on one of the courses at the mountain bike World Cup this

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year being held in Fort William. My instructors will also be competing,

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taking on the same trail as myself. We need to get a look at the

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obstacles we are facing. What are you doing to get prepared? We are

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walking the course and choosing our fastest lines. My brakes will be on

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the majority of the time. Shall we have a look? If I was to work out

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which bits to ride around, I would go for that bit there. It will not

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be easy. Then you have to go all the way round. I would reckon go through

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here because you do not want to go through the quick mode. You have to

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make very quick decisions. You have to choose your line before you go

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and memorise the cause. Know what is going to happen next. Brilliant

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tips. They head out onto the mountain for their runs and they are

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both tipped to do very well. If they do, they will not be the first

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brother and sister champions. I caught up with another pair of

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mountain biking superstars. I am at the start of my career, have you got

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any highlights? I have been five times world champion and we won the

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home World Cup at Fort William together. These kids could

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experience that today with their siblings. What are your top tips?

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The first bit of advice is to go steady. It is a great sport, but it

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can be dangerous and a lot can go wrong. The best way is to ease into

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it. It is great to get tips like that, but as I make my way to the

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start line, the nerves start to kick in. The course is 500 metres of

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farce paste to rain. But then the rain begins. What was a glorious,

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sunny day has turned into winter weather. I quite like it. But things

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will be a bit more slippy than I like. 90 is on track. Wish me luck.

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He is offered. The course is really slippy, so I have to take it slowly

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to begin with to get used to the trail and the conditions. I start to

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build confidence and till... I lose momentum and put my foot down. I am

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annoyed with myself, I do not want to do that again. It is so wet and

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rainy that I am convinced I am going to slip and I am using my brakes. I

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am beginning to pick up the pace and start to spot obstacles earlier. My

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training is paying off. All we have to do is make it round to the end,

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that is all I have to do. Coming down through the tunnel. This bit

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will be slippy. Mate, I am doing it. But then I come across the biggest

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drop on the course. It is a bit terrifying. Are you kidding? I have

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just got to go for it. Yes, I did it. That was the bit I was scared

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of. I am so chuffed I made it. The end is in sight. I genuinely thought

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I was going to fall off on a couple of occasions, but the challenge was

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to make it to the end and I have done it. I enjoyed it, give it a go,

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you will love it. And Koren and Emily's standard is the very best,

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they end the weekend as champions. How are you feeling? Excited. I did

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not expect to come first? What about you? It was hard and there was a lot

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of peddling and I had no idea I would come first. I am so proud to

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go from beginner to run at the World Cup in a short space of time and a

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lot of that is down to my coaches, two young people who have got big

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futures in downhill biking. If you are wondering why I was on

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the first position on the podium it was because I was awarded the

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slowest time of the day. Have a go and give it a try and enjoy

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yourself. I cannot talk about how good I am on two will wheels when I

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am standing next to mark Beaumont. Give him a cheer. You are about to

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go around the world in 80 days. That is the plan, can you get around the

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planet in 80 days? I did it ten years ago. Trying to do something

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first or fastest, I have always been inspired by the Guinness Book of

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Records and we are starting out in two days' time. This is you on a

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push bike. The last time I did it I had no idea where I was going to end

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up and everyday I had to find a meal and this time it is about

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performance because I will have back-up. You are hoping to shave off

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43 days off the record. Yes, I am. I was 12 years old when I first got on

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a bike and cycled across Scotland and have been doing adventures ever

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since. I would love people to follow this adventure and say, what is my

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80 days? What am I capable of? You are very modest and you are a super

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trained athlete, but what you are about to do is colossal. 16 hours a

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day in the saddle and 240 miles every day. 8000 calories of food,

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three times more than what you should eat as an adult, the next

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level. You will struggle a moment on that bicycle, you might need that.

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My team are already in Paris and I am going to go from Blue Peter here

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over Tibet and pick up my bike. And it is not just about the bike and

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you and the water, it is about this little girl. Shelley, I hope she is

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quick. She will be popping up around the planet and it is a cool way to

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follow the journey and learn about the world we live in. It is an

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18,000 miles journey over the next two and half months. Head over to

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the website to follow Shelley and Mark as they followed the route on

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the journey. You have come dressed for an occasion to show us what you

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are doing. We do not know why we are dressed like this. We are gathered

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here today because of events that happened over 500 years ago and I am

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joined by our wonderful historian Melissa. Tell me more. The team at

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Warwick Castle have created this show which represents the War of the

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Roses and the battles and the conflicts and the fight for the

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power behind the throne. This conflict lasted 30 years. That is a

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long time. Who was fighting? There are two lines of the same royal

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house, the House of York and the House of Lancaster. You have got

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Richard III and Edward IV and finishing off with Henry VII. This

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might be a silly question, but what have the Roses to do with it? They

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either symbols, Lancaster were the red rose and your was the white

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rose. That is why these guys are here dressed in red and white.

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Hello. Hello! We have a school from Lancaster representing the red House

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of Lancaster. And a school from Yorkshire who are looking after the

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White House of Europe. Give us a cheer. Anyone that knows me knows I

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love of facts. Do we have any facts about the War of the Roses? Both

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sides on some battles and lost some battles during the war. It was not a

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one-sided affair. And what about you? Sam English nobles even

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switched sides depending on which team was winning. The traitors.

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Barney. I have some facts as well. Both sides... Both sides went Berg

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and that was the end of the war. Try again. Both sides were related to

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each other. I round of applause, the best fact of the day. Jacob. A new

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house was created in the end. What was all the fighting about? What is

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this new royal house about? The new royal house came towards the end of

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the war in the final battle in the Battle of Bosworth when Richard III

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was defeated by Henry Tudor. He was from Lancaster and he married

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Elizabeth of York to combine the two families and the red and white roses

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would join together to create the Tudor Rose. You have condensed all

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of this into this show at Warwick Castle. This summer we have the show

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going on and it condenses all that conflict into a short show and we

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have got a sneak preview. This is the concluding battle of the War of

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the Roses. You go and get the team ready. Melissa, thank you. She was

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on the shield, it was difficult today. That was very hard. Now it is

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time for our incredible end of show spectacular. Henry Tudor, it is

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overdue. Richard of York, I challenge you to the crown of

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England. Do you really think you can better me, you petulant little boy?

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I will try. No, Henry, you will die. Arise, Lord Stanley. You traitor.

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England is mine. Horus, horse, my kingdom for a

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horse. That was absolutely awesome.

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Unbelievable, that is one of the best performances we have ever had

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on Blue Peter. We will be the farewell

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Blue Peter takes you back in time for some medieval mayhem! Medieval knights, their horses and lances are here to show off some spectacular jousting! Barney takes on a downhill challenge on a mountain bike, and ultra cyclist Mark Beaumont pops in to tell us about his unbelievable challenge around the world!


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