• Aldershot man Russ Mantle, 82, celebrates cycling his one millionth mile

    26/11/2019 | Blog | admin
  • An 82-year-old man from Aldershot has celebrated cycling his one millionth mile.Russ Mantle completed the landmark figure after cycling the five-mile route from his home to a café in Mytchett on Thursday lunchtime (November 7).

    On arrival Russ cycled through finishing tape and was welcomed by the chief executive of Cycling UK. He was later presented with a certificate and gift from Cycling UK to recognise the achievement.

    The octogenarian bicycle enthusiast made the historic five-mile trip with a fellow member of the 300,000 club and riders from the West Surrey CTC cycling club. 

    The octogenarian bicycle enthusiast celebrated the achievement with friends and a glass of bubbly.A statement from Cycling UK says: “Russ has become the first person from the UK to have cycled a million miles over the course of their lifetime.

    Cycling a million miles is the equivalent of completing Land’s End to John o’ Groats 1,052 times, circumnavigating the Earth 40 times or travelling to the moon and back twice. The average driver will likely drive less than half that distance in their whole lifetime.”Russ began recording how many miles he cycles back in 1953 after learning to ride in 1951 at the age 15.”

    Between 1953 and 1975 Russ competed in time trial races and set numerous records. A lifetime member of various cycle groups, Russ also led rides for the West Surrey Cycling Touring Club for 20 years and has lived in Aldershot for the past 70 years.”

    Thanks to GetSurrey for the post:-https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/hampshire-news/aldershot-man-russ-mantle-82-17217341