Keoghan tackles big race

Last updated 00:00 23/09/2007
HOST WITH THE MOST: Keoghan will cycle 192km in the race.

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Emmy-winning Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is heading back to New Zealand to compete in a race of his own.

The Kiwi-born TV host has entered himself and wife Louise in this year's Elite K2 cycle race 192km through the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty in a bid to raise the awareness of multiple sclerosis.

The Elite K2 is known as the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere with cyclists starting in Thames and negotiating the scenic course through Tairua, Whitianga and Coromandel before heading back to Thames.

"I hope I'm up to it, it's a long way," said Keoghan, who picked up an Emmy earlier this week for best reality show.

"I was a sprinter at school and everything I've done before has been short and fast. This is long and I hope not too slow. My goal is to get through it."

Keoghan will be flanked by his wife and members of NOW-MS a cycling team, sponsored by the couple, which promotes awareness of MS.

The TV star said he'd been finding it hard to train for the mammoth bike ride due to his hectic filming schedule. He said his longest bike ride so far had only been 120km of "cruising" and that he'd been considering competing in the easier K1 competition which is 96km.

"If I pike out and do the K1 I would get so much crap from everyone," he said. "I'm not looking forward to any of the hills. I much prefer the flat but the hills are what this whole course is about."

As well as presenting The Amazing Race, Keoghan, 40, also starred in and produced the New Zealand series No Opportunity Wasted which sees contestants confront their worst fears.

He said he's taken his own advice in living life to the full by carrying out a lifelong ambition of playing golf in Scotland earlier this month.

"I broke every rule in the golf book but it was one of the most extraordinary things I've ever done," he said.

"You only live once, we all have an expiration date.

"You've got to seize opportunities when they come along."

Keoghan will remain at his Coromandel holiday home for a few days after the October 16 race before flying back to California to compete in the Baja 1000 driving race.

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