It was recently voted one of the best places in the world to go cycling, and to coincide with Sport Relief this week (21-23 March), British Airways which supports the charity fundraiser, has partnered with chef and sports enthusiast Gordon Ramsay to produce a fitness guide to Los Angeles.
Ramsay, who is a frequent visitor to the city, has revealed his top spots to swim, cycle and run in the lead up to Sport Relief, with the free guide available to download here: ba.com/flyingstart
It includes the following Californian hotspots:
• For a swim with a view, visit the rooftop pool at the London Hotel, which boasts panoramic views of the city. To get some serious lengths, visit the Los Angeles Swimming Stadium at the Expo Center,
• A well-known running, hiking and walking spot is Runyon Canyon, made famous by the Hollywood stars that train here.
• Santa Monica is a great spot for all outdoor pursuits and fitness levels. If you’re feeling tough, take on Santa Monica Stairs near Pacific Palisades -there’s 170 in total. Nearby Palisades Park with ocean views is one of the top locations for joggers.
• Although the water’s cold, Zumba beach has some of the cleanest well-kept waters, which have dolphins visit in the winter.
• Take a scenic bike ride at the Griffith Park Bike Loop – a nine-mile radius ride, particularly handy for tourists as you can rent bikes here too.
Los Angeles attracts over six million international tourists every year, with Brits in the top three visitors (Source: Discover LA).
Gordon Ramsay, a triathlon and marathon competitor, said: "It’s hard not to love Los Angeles. With 266 days of sunshine a year and its endless choice of beaches, mountains and ocean.”
He also recently took part in a ‘fun run flash mob’ in Santa Monica organised by British Airways to bring Sport Relief to the 350,000 British expats who call Los Angeles home.
Claire Bentley, British Airways Holidays’ managing director, said: “Sporting breaks are becoming increasingly popular - from competing in marathons or triathalons, to golf breaks and skiing holidays. Both New York and Los Angeles are particularly popular destinations, and with our new A380 superjumbo serving Los Angeles, we can accommodate more customers than ever before.”
British Airways has raised over £6.5 million for its Flying Start partnership with Comic Relief. As well as collecting donations from customers on board British Airways flights, staff will also be volunteering this weekend at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief weekend, taking part in a 28-mile cycle ride around Loch Ness in Scotland and taking on the Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours, to name a few.
Notes to Editors:
· British Airways polled 2,000 respondents to find the best places abroad for swimming, cycling and running. Central Park in New York the best place in the world to go running (22 per cent), Venice Beach in USA for cycling (11 per cent) and The Maldives for swimming (30 per cent).