22 April 2014
Cambridge’s Reg Rye has skydived from 4500 metres in Taupo, taken a glider flight in Matamata and has now become the oldest rider on the Avantidrome’s books.
And that’s just in the last month, at the tender age of 91.
Rye has lived in Cambridge for 75 years. His foray into riding at the Avantidrome was the first time in 35 years he had been back on a bike.
He has ridden around the lower grey portion of the Avantidrome track on four occasions, most recently last week.
“It’s just fantastic, marvellous,” he said.
Avantidrome programme co-ordinator Dean Forman was Rye’s instructor.
“I just made up my mind one day to go out there and fill in some time. Dean was there and said to me: ‘Would you like to try it out?’, so I did.
“It’s awesome really – it’s very easy.”
Rye recently walked the Te Awa cycleway to the Avantidrome and back, a 6.4km distance.