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Meredith Vieira surprises Matt (disguised as a deer!) on his Red Nose ride

by Lauren Sullivan and Amy Eley /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Matt Lauer got an early start Monday on day two of his Red Nose bike ride to raise money for children living in poverty.

And in the middle of his grueling uphill climb (Monday's slated to be the toughest of his five-day challenge), Matt got a surprise!

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Meredith Vieira pulled up beside him on a golf cart to support her former co-anchor. The kicker: She was dressed in a full-body deer suit!

 Meredith surprises Matt on his Red Nose Day bike ride! Amy Eley / TODAY

You see, back in 2009 Matt had a run-in with a deer while biking on Long Island. He ended up in the hospital, and Meredith ended up with a whole lot to tease him about.

When he joked at the time that “the deer was hired by the competition,” Meredith responded, “I’d hire the deer — but just to graze him.”

Matt kicked off his 226-mile Tour de Red Nose at Boston's Fenway Park Sunday and, after passing through idyllic New England towns, wrapped up in Providence, Rhode Island.

Next stop: New London, Connecticut!

 Matt Lauer shares high fives with fans at the Hope Valley School in Rhode Island. Amy Eley / TODAY
 Fans at Stony Ledge Farm in Connecticut cheered Matt along. Jennifer Long / TODAY
  Amy Eley / TODAY
 Staff from Save the Children welcome Matt to New London, Connecticut. Susan Warner / Save the Children

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