Matt Lauer Trained 2-and-a-Half Months for Red Nose Ride

By Chris Ariens 

Matt Lauer pulled into the Today show plaza this morning just after 8 a.m. ET following a 226-mile bike tour, arriving ahead of tonight’s Red Nose Day telethon on NBC.

Lauer trained for months riding about 100 miles a week leading up to the challenge which began Sunday in Boston. “I was scared,” he said this morning. “I thought, I don’t want to be two days into this and pull up lame and say I can’t go any further.”

Lauer’s ride raised $150,000 for Red Nose charity for children living in poverty. As for whether he’ll do it next year, Lauer had an answer for that: “I think we should start the chant right now: ‘Go Savannah go.'”