2012 Aviva Premiership winner and Harlequins club legend Olly Kohn is taking part in the inaugural Harlequins Foundation Rival Ride on Friday 13th April. Here he talks to us about his preparations for the sponsored cycle…

I decided to sign up for the Harlequins Foundation Rival Ride for two reasons.

The first is because I’ve always wanted to do something to support the Foundation, as it’s a truly great cause. Secondly, if there is ever the opportunity to get together with some of the old Quins boys, I’ll always jump at the chance! This opportunity is perfect for me – as a 22st ex-player who loves sausages, cycling suits me better than running!

I haven’t cycled a huge amount. I used to have a BMX but never a road bike. Other than that, all I’ve really done is spinning from my playing days.

When I had a long-term knee injury, spinning was a big part of my rehab and played a big part in my recovery.

And later in my career as I got older instead of doing so much running I concentrated on using the bikes and doing cross fit training.

I haven’t got in to my training routine yet, but I have got myself a bike. Gary Harris Cycles in Bristol were kind enough to lend me a bike for the ride which is fantastic and he also gave me some key tips for the race such as the importance of cream usage and preparation.

I’m really looking forward to cycling with some of my old team mates. If you look at the group of legends you’ve got Mel Deane, who’s a ball of Irish energy and gets everyone going.

You’ve got Jim Evans who’s lean and light and has done some riding before.

Then you’ve also got George Lowe who’s as fit as anything and will definitely be up for it. We’ve got some fond memories together so I’m looking forward to making some more.

Preparing for the event feels a bit like pre-season training. I always used to think about the physical side of it but also about who’s in worse shape than me and who my buffer is. We have a WhatsApp group and there is plenty of banter flying around between us.

I think a few of us are going to try and get a couple of rides in together. We’re all used to physical challenges but we all see this as a fresh experience which we’re looking forward to. One thing I’m definitely going to need though is padded shorts; I think they are going to be essential!

This is all about raising money for a great cause and along the way you have the chance to have a great laugh with a truly fantastic group, which has made it an easy decision for me. I hope to see as many of you there!

For more information about the Harlequins Foundation Rival Ride, visit www.quins.co.uk