With more than 50 years in the saddle under his belt Brian Scarth is getting ready for a 100-mile feat this weekend.
The former chair of governors at Tring School is still a keen cyclist despite his advancing years and admits that training has been tough.
He’ll be taking on the Prudential London 100 Cycle Ride on Sunday - a 100-mile challenge through London and on to Surrey - and it’s against the clock.
“I have done the London to Brighton four times but that is not against the clock, and I’m the grand age of 61 so it’s not easy,” said Brian, of Beaconsfield Road, Tring.
“I started the training in February and to say it was painful is being polite, but I did a 100-mile trial two weeks ago and I did that in eight hours with stops.”
Sunday’s event runs from 6am to 5pm on closed roads and interim manager Brian is raising money for the Red Cross - a cause his wife Julie as a private carer for the elderly comes into regular contact with.
Brian, who was a governor at Tring School for 10 years and chair for three of those, said: “As I reached 60 last year, I decided to test my training discipline, and when I saw an advert for the London 100 I decided that it would be a good test especially as riders have a limited amount of time to do the ride - in my case nine hours - doing an average of 11mph with stops is more of a challenge at my age.”
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