Riders helped me cycle 75 miles, says pensioner Derek

Derek Browne, 75, - and friends - cycles 75 miles on a 75 year old bike around Norland Moor road track.'Pictured with Ryburn Valley in background
Derek Browne, 75, - and friends - cycles 75 miles on a 75 year old bike around Norland Moor road track.'Pictured with Ryburn Valley in background
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AN intrepid cyclist was swamped by support from fellow riders as he completed an impressive 75 miles on a 75-year-old bike.

Derek Browne, 75, was overwhelmed by the encouragement he received from cyclists from all over Calderdale has completed his impressive Bank Holiday Monday bike ride on Norland Moor.

All along the route, at least one cyclist rode alongside him as he coped with the horrific weather conditions on the day.

Mr Browne, of Eskdale Avenue, Shelf, said: “Conditions were appalling on the day. I had previously been up and done 60 miles, getting ready for it, quite comfortably. But on the day it was raining with gale force winds all day long.

“But I had a lot of support. I was never ever riding on my own which helped because otherwise it would have been very difficult breaking that head wind on my own.”

Riders from Mr Browne’s club, Bygone Bikes, helped as well as from Halifax Imperial Wheelers, Condor Road Club and Calder Autumn Tints.

Colin Chapman, from Calder Autumn Tints rode the entire way with Mr Browne, apart from the first three laps.

He finished the ride with Mr Browne, along with Paul Gower, of Condor Bike Club, who also rode much of the way.

Mr Browne said: “The other riders really were a big help.”

The superfit cyclist has completed other feats on past birthday milestones – riding 200 miles when he was 60 and 100 miles when he was 70. But none of his previous challenges were on a 75-year-old bike.

“This was by far and away the hardest, riding the old bike. I went out a few days after on a modern bike and if felt like it was weightless.”

The ride raised more than £800 for Asthma UK.