75 miles on a 75-year-old bike ...ridden by 75-year-old Derek

Derek Browne, as a baby in the sidecar, with his parents Harald and Kathleen
Derek Browne, as a baby in the sidecar, with his parents Harald and Kathleen

A LIFELONG cyclist has set himself a unique challenge in the name of charity.

Derek Browne will cycle 75 miles at the age of 75 on a 75-year-old bike.

Still going: the 75-year-old bike Derek Browne will ride in Sunday's Norland moor charity cycle. It is pictured below being ridden by the late George Grindrod in a 1937 time trial race.

Still going: the 75-year-old bike Derek Browne will ride in Sunday's Norland moor charity cycle. It is pictured below being ridden by the late George Grindrod in a 1937 time trial race.

The intrepid rider will embark on his feat at Norland Moor on Sunday August 28 to raise money for Asthma UK – a condition which he and his daughter suffers from.

Mr Browne, of Eskdale Avenue, Shelf, is a member of the Bygone Bykes Yorkshire Club. He has set himself a few challenges over the years – including riding 100 miles at the age of 70, and 200 miles at the age of 60, but never on an old bike.

He said: “Riding on a 1930s bike is unsual and will be quite an achievement – the gears, the comfort, everything really.

“It’s opened my eyes completely to how riding the early races, like Tour De France, on bikes like this would have been for the riders.”

Derek Browne, 75, doing a 75-mile bike ride on a 75-year-old bike.

Derek Browne, 75, doing a 75-mile bike ride on a 75-year-old bike.

The bike he will use – a Raleigh Record Ace – belonged to the late George Grindrod, who was a member of the Halifax Imperial Wheelers’ Cycling Club.

His widow saw an old bike display organised by Mr Browne and offered him the bike.

The ride involves 19 laps of a four-mile circuit of Norland Moor, starting at 9am next to the Moorcock Inn.

Cyclists from Calderdale are welcome to accompany Mr Browne on all or part of the ride.

The late George Grindrod, riding a time trial race in 1937. The bike pictured will be the one ridden by Derek Browne on his 75-mile Norland Moor charity ride

The late George Grindrod, riding a time trial race in 1937. The bike pictured will be the one ridden by Derek Browne on his 75-mile Norland Moor charity ride

Refreshments will be available at the Moorcock Inn over lunchtime.

For more information email hdjmbrowne@talktalk.net. Sponsorhip forms are available on request.