Monday 18 November 2019

Cyclist (82) aims to double up after riding his millionth mile

 

Saddle up: Russ Mantle plans to cycle until he is 100. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Saddle up: Russ Mantle plans to cycle until he is 100. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Ben Mitchell

An 82-year-old man who has become the first person in the UK to cycle a million miles has declared he has a million miles yet to go before he dies.

Russ Mantle has kept meticulous logbooks of every ride he has completed in the past 68 years, clocking up an average of 14,700 miles (23,600km) a year.

The former carpenter and joiner, from Aldershot, Hampshire, completed his millionth mile to the cheers of well-wishers at the Canal Cafe at Mytchett.

Mr Mantle, who started cycling in 1951, said: "One million - I feel the same as usual.

"It's just another milestone. I went through 700,000, then 800,000 and so on. It's another milestone to pass a million to go on to 1.1, 1.2, and so on. I will probably finish up very close to two million by the time I die when I am 100."

Irish Independent

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