Andrew Flintoff pedalled along the Trans-Amazonian Highway built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s © Getty Images (File Photo)
Andrew Flintoff pedalled along the Trans-Amazonian Highway built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

London: Mar 25, 2014

 

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff recently finished an arduous 1,200 km bike ride through the heart of the Amazon. A self-confessed environmental skeptic, the cricketer is not much of a cycling lover.

 

According to the Independent, the cricketer pedalled along the Trans-Amazonian Highway, built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s.

 

Flintoff’s grueling bike-ride was reportedly motivated by his young children, who happened to learn about the plight of the rainforest in school.

 

He played 79 Tests, 141 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and seven Twenty20 Internationals. Flintoff was England’s star performer when they regained the Ashes in the 2005 series against Australia.