A RECORD-BREAKING Filey cyclist has geared up for another challenge – after embarking on a huge ride to mark his 80th birthday.
Brian Musson, of Langsett Avenue, yesterday set out on an 80 mile journey around Stamford Bridge and Pocklington to celebrate the feat.
Mr Musson previously held the record of 40.2km for the one hour time trial distance at Manchester’s Olympic-standard velodrome.
He was also the first man over 65 to set official times during a 20-kilometre ride at the same venue, and recorded impressive results in 10km, 25km and 30km tandem riding events in Hull and Boroughbridge.
However, despite turning 80, Mr Musson, who is chairman of the Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club, said his passion for riding had never waned and would continue to stay in the saddle as long as he could.
He said: “I have always done it, my parents used to have a tandem and I have ridden a bike since I was old enough to do so.
“I always get out as much as I can and although I know I will be upset when I have to finish I’m enjoying it so much at the moment that I don’t want to.
“I also like to try to help the club as much as I can with racing in terms of time keeping and marshalling and organising events for youngsters too.
“I appreciated that when I was riding and now want to give something back with that too.”
Mr Musson, who is married to wife Doris, said he had seen numerous changes in the sport, most recently fuelled by the Olympic success of stars including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton.
He said he was encouraged to see the latest crop of riders come through the ranks – even if their methods adopted new approaches to when he started out.
He added: “Cycling has certainly seen an upsurge which I think has come from the success of the Olympics but the younger riders and their approach is much different today.
“They all have brand new equipment and go from there but we did it in reverse in a way.
“My bicycles were always ones I had built myself from frames and other parts.
“It wasn’t until four years ago I bought my first brand new bike!”