Tony, 76, set for Lands End cycle
PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 April 2013
An Exmouth man is aiming to prove age is no barrier to achievement by taking on a Land’s End to John O’ Groats cycle ride.
Tony Paver, who lives in The Marles, is 76 years old, and is taking on the challenge with five other cyclists from Devon.
The group will be setting off on April 26, and are aiming to reach John O’Groats on May 19, meaning they will have to complete around 50 miles a day.
Not only that, but rather than staying in hotels, Tony and his friends will be camping in tents and staying in bunkhouses along the way.
Tony describes himself as a ‘fairly keen’ cyclist, but has never taken on a challenge of this scale before.
However, he says he is hoping to prove that if you want to do something you can do it.
He said: “It’s just something that I, for myself, would like to do, to prove that with age, there are things you can do when you get older and you retire - you don’t have to sit back and let yourself go to pieces.
“It will be a good achievement and I know my family will be very proud of me.
“My mum always used to say there’s nothing you can’t do - if you want to do it you can do it, so I’m going to prove her right… or wrong, I don’t know!
“I think the duration of three weeks, with every day doing 50 miles, will be the hardest part, but one of the chaps is a cyclist who’s been all over Europe, and he said once you get the first two or three days out it’s alright.
“We’re just going for the ride, just to prove we can do it.”
Through the challenge, Tony is collecting sponsorship money which will go to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
To sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/tony-paver.