Photos: Britney Spears sweats it out at X Cycle to raise $1M to fight children’s cancer

To watch Britney Spears spin for a 45-minute, intense workout is exhausting, but to try and keep up with her as she stands pedaling is an impossibility. I literally got on and right off my bike, and my backside was still hurting from just 3 seconds on the uncomfortable seat. They don’t want you sitting for a second!

I was thoroughly impressed with Britney’s dedication, discipline and determination. The sweat dripped off her, but she’s in the best condition ever. Seconds later after freshening up, the 34-year-old superstar said: “It feels great. It’s all for the kids.”

Britney and “Extra” host Mario Lopez joined dozens of cyclists in Britney’s “Piece of Me Charity Ride” at X Cycle in Boca Park to raise money for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Britney, Zappos.com and X Cycle presented a check for $553,130 to NCCF President and CEO Jeff Gordon before the ride.

The money was raised by sponsors and riders who donated to ride with the headliner at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Britney donated $200,000 of her own money to the charity, and this now takes her contributions to a cool $1 million.

The class was instructed by X Cycle owner Jen Barnet, fiance of Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph. Britney programmed the music for the 45-minute class alongside Mario. She wore a gray X Cycle shirt and black exercise pants and greeted donors before the ride.

While Britney freshened up afterward, Mario told me: “The whole thing is a great workout. I’ve incorporated it a lot into my routine lately, and I’m loving the music, the energy. I like that it’s hot. I’m a big sweater, so this feels good, especially after the huge dinner I had last night.

“There’s no point where you feel like quitting or giving up. You’re driven to complete it because it feels good. You start kicking, and you start feeling more awake. I don’t really feel awake until I’m breaking a sweat. You can’t really chat while you’re on the bikes.

“Britney and I had a lot of conversation before the class, but while riding, she’s funny; she’s cool. It’s awesome what she’s doing and all the money that she’s raised for such a great cause. During the workout, we made song requests to each other, then we finally got it to Jen, and she humored us playing some of the songs.

“The thing about working out is you don’t want to get complacent in doing the same thing over and over. You have to keep your muscles guessing, and it’s easier to get motivated when there are other people in there.

“You need to be held accountable. It makes it fun. Britney’s a great spinner; she’s in great shape. She looks better than ever, and she’s strong. She does a really good job with this.” Britney explained why she got involved with the charity race:

“Honestly, I love kids. When the cancer charity reached out to me about this, I was there. This is something that I have to do. The kids came to the show the other night. They’re absolutely incredibly adorable. I’m just blessed to be a part of it.”

Jeff told me: “Britney’s made this all possible. The beauty about what Britney does is you get celebrities all the time who take up a cause or they do something, but you don’t really see them that involved. Britney understands. She’s taking the time to understand who we are, what we do and why we do it.

“More importantly, she got to meet the kids, and the kids adore her. I wish the world could see her in that element and how she is with the kids. It’s just so obvious that she loves them and wants to help them. She’s taken everything to a whole new level for us.”

Britney told Mario that she always asks permission from her two sons before she posts words about them on social media. “They’re very funny about what I post. They’re, like, ‘Mom, we want this on Instagram — Mom, this cannot go out!’ ”

The ride was part of the initiative by Britney and Zappos head honcho Tony Hsieh to raise $1 million toward building a new facility for NCCF to provide services to young cancer patients and their families.

Entertainment Videos
Masso Osteria first anniversary in Las Vegas
Scott Conant was in town Tuesday to host a one-year anniversary party for his Red Rock Resort restaurant Masso Osteria.
Baked Alaska a specialty at Favorite Bistro in Las Vegas
Award-winning pastry chef Claude Escamilla makes Baked Alaska with strawberry sorbet and vanilla gelato and flames it at Favorite Bistro at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Chili cooks face fierce and friendly competition at Nevada cook-off
Forty chili cooks competed in the Nevada State Chili Cookoff in Pahrump on Sunday, March 17, 2019, with the winners advancing to the World Championship Chili Cook-off in Des Moines, Iowa. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Arcade ‘speakeasy’ leads to secret door and Banksy art in Las Vegas
Arcade ‘speakeasy’ leads to secret door, Banksy art in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hazel in Las Vegas serves modern takes on traditional cocktails
Hazel serves modern takes on traditional cocktails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Tonight the city lit the Welcome sign green, McMullan's Irish Pub and the Guinness store also prepare for this weekend's St. Patrick's Day festivities. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Reuben sandwich at Served in Henderson, near Las Vegas
Matthew Meyer, chef/owner of Served, makes a Reuben sandwich with house-brined corned beef, house-made sauerkraut and gooey melted cheese at his restaurant in Henderson, outside Las Vegas. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Las Vegas day club season returns with big-name DJs
Rick Ross, March 23, at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay The Chainsmokers, March 30, at Encore Beach Club Marshmello, April 6, Kaos Dayclub at the Palms Chuckie, May 11, Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Calvin Harris, May 11, Wet Republic at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Pizza expert Chris Bianco makes meatballs in Las Vegas
Chris Bianco, who was the keynote speaker at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, demonstrates meatball making for expo attendees. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas pulmonologist talks about new movie dealing with cystic fibrosis
Dr. Craig Nakamura, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Center of Southern Nevada, talks about the upcoming romantic drama “Five Feet Apart” where both of the lead characters suffer from cystic fibrosis. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
World Pizza Champion crowned in Las Vegas
At the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Italian pizzaiolo Federico De Silvestri took the top prize and more than $12,000. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Italian wins Pizza Maker of the Year at Pizza Expo
Federico De Silvestri of Verona, Italy, wins the finals in the non-traditional pizza category during the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday, March 7, 2019. De Silvestri went on to beat winners from each of the four other categories — traditional, pan, pizza Napoletana and Roman — to win Pizza Maker of the Year. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Good Pie Coming To Arts District
Local pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo says Good Pie is coming to the Arts District. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Local comedian says "It's ok to laugh, ...the comedy club is dark."
K-Von, a half-Persian comedian, talks about his style of comedy which keeps audiences entertained.
Pizza Dough Throwing Competition
Contestants participate in the World Pizza Games at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Wednesday night. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
World Pizza Games showcased in Las Vegas
The World Pizza Games, part of the International Pizza Expo, drew competitors from all over the world to Las Vegas to compete in events such as dough stretching and box folding. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Pizza competitors dazzle at international expo
The International Pizza Expo at Las Vegas Convention Center included the first rounds of the World Pizza Games. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas showcases products and trends
At the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, vegan and gluten-free menu choices and compostable packaging were highlighted, as well as Detroit-style and Roman-style pizza. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Chef Dan Krohmer talks about a new restaurant
Chef Dan Krohmer talks about the construction of his new restaurant at Fremont Street’s Fergusons Downtown complex in downtown Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Neon Museum lights up the Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas flipped the switch on its latest acquisition Monday night, the Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
A Taste of Eataly Las Vegas
Executive Chef Nicole Brisson gives a tour around Eataly Las Vegas, located in the Park MGM. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Order a pretty purple cocktail at North Italia in Las Vegas
Order a pretty purple cocktail at North Italia in Las Vegas (Janna Karel/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Towering triple decker sandwich at Sadelle’s at Bellagio in Las Vegas
Jonah Resnick, executive chef of Sadelle’s, the newest restaurant at Bellagio in Las Vegas, serves a daunting concoction of roast beef layered with house-made cole slaw, turkey and more cole slaw, on rye bread. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal)
Paris Las Vegas Debuts New Eiffel Tower Light Show
The Paris in Las Vegas unveiled its latest Eiffel Tower light show, Wednesday evening. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video: Las Vegas Omelet House Marks 40th anniversary
Omelet House at Charleston Boulevard and Rancho Drive in Las Vegas, which opened in 1979, is a locals’ favorite, known for fluffy six-egg omelets. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves readying new beer
Ryan Reaves, a forward with the Golden Knights, has plans for a second beer, a lager, through his 7Five Brewing Co. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Bellagio Adds Lady Gaga To The Fountain Playlist
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” has been added to the rotation of classic tunes played for the dancing waters at Lake Bellagio. The song debuted at 6 p.m. Monday. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Comedian uses laughter to bring understanding about AIDS
Comedian Brandon Cox Sanford talks about how he uses his comedy sketches to bring light to his AIDS diagnosis. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
20th anniversary of the House of Blues in Las Vegas
Sasha Rincon-Camacho, regional marketing director, talks about the 20th anniversary of the House of Blues in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Meow Wolf opening an 'otherworldly' art experience in Las Vegas
Meow Wolf opening "otherworldly" art experience in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
ad-high_impact_4
TOP NEWS
ad-infeed_1
ads_infeed_2
Home Front Page Footer Listing