British 82-year-old cyclist marks a million miles in the saddle

ALDERSHOT, England – An 82-year-old man on Thursday (Nov 7) became the first British cyclist to register one million miles on his bike with a five-mile (8km) ride to a cafe.

Russ Mantle, a retired civil servant, has recorded his mileage since he got his first bike in 1952.

He has meticulously noted every ride as he cycled to work, participated in local races and pedalled up mountains in Europe and America.

“It is just another milestone to pass a million and then on to one one, one two and so on. I should probably finish up close to 2,000,000 by the time I die when I am 100,” Mantle said.

A million miles is just over 1,600,000 kilometres.

While it is unknown how many people may have cycled such a distance, Mantle is the first to register his mileage and have the proof.

“I have always recorded things. Naturally, my brain tells me to record things, even my accidents. I have always done it and at my job I was keen on figures and I could convert from metric to English measurement quickly,” he said.

The Englishman has had his fair share of scrapes.

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