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Octogenarian hoping to break Land's End to John o'Groats record

Joe Robinson
13 Aug 2019

Brian Lewis, 81, need to cover the distance in less than two weeks to beat the record

Octogenarian Brian Lewis is hoping to become the oldest person to ride from Land's End to John o'Groats in the shortest amount of time. Lewis, who is 81-years-old, needs to cover the point-to-point ride of around 1,600km in under two weeks to take the record.

The challenge started in Land's End on Saturday 11th August with Lewis being supported by local tour company Pedal Britain.

Lewis will hope to cover around 120km per day to break the record with a total of 17,000m of elevation scheduled throughout the two-week period.

The current record is held by Tony Rathbone who, at the age of 81 years and 162 days, covered the ride across Britain challenge in May 2014.

Making this ride even more impressive is the fact that Lewis only took up cycling as a hobby five years ago at the age of 76-years-old.

Beyond just being a personal challenge, Lewis is doing the ride to promote positive physical and mental lifestyles as he alluded to before departing.

'Cycling provides me with lots of positives in my life it provides social interaction, keeps me fit in both body and mind which is why I am keen to encourage other older people to keep active in later life,' he said.

Lewis is currently enjoying the pleasant August weather and information as to whether he manages to break the record will come as soon as he reaches John O'Groats.

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