Local man Reg Rye is back on track to embark “on the longest hour of my life”.
The 96-year-old man is looking to set a world record for his age group, by attempting to ride uninterrupted and unaided for 1 hour on the track at the Avantidrome.
Reg is the current men’s 95-plus track cycling record holder and medalist in the 2000 metre individual pursuit and 500m time trial, established at the 2017 World Masters Games held here at the Avantidrome in Cambridge.
He was planning to add to a prestigious UCI World Cycling Hour title to his list of achievements last July when he unfortunately fell ill.
Back in good health, Reg has been rebuilding his stamina for the Hour Record attempt, with the assistance of his coach Michael van Enter.
Reg will attempt to cycle as much distance as he is able with his goal being to ride 25km in 60 minutes – that’s 100 laps of the Avantidrome.
“At my age there’s is no time recorded which means whatever I do I will establish the hour record time. So I guess in reality my goal is really just to keep riding, and keep upright for the hour”.
That’s no mean feat at 96 years young.
An application has been made to the UCI for dispensation for Rye to use his road bike rather than the standard fixed wheel track cycling bike which would allow him to ride as high on the blue line at the bottom of the track as he can, for safety reasons.
The date is set, the UCI officials are booked, and so are family and friends from across the county to cheer him on from the stands.
Join them on Saturday 27th April at 12 noon.
You got this Reg!
Photo credit: Mike Bain, Stuff