Donald Wells, From Emsworth Cycles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in Just Over 5 Weeks!
Donald Wells, 87-year-old cyclist from Emsworth is thought to be the oldest man to ride from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Grouts in Northern Scotland. He took five weeks and two days to complete the route at what he described as a “leisurely pace”.
Despite his efforts to complete many challenging cycle trips around the world, Donald describes this one to be the hardest cycle ride he has ever ridden due to its sharp, unforgiving hills.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, he also completed the journey on an 18-year old Brompton Bicycle!
Donald is a keen lifelong cyclist and a member of the national cycling charity, Cycling UK. He has been enjoying solo long-distance cycling trips since his wife passed away 23 years ago.
Donald said he cycles for the sheer enjoyment of it and continues to keep fit by attending a walking group in Emsworth.
He said: “I’m pleased with what I did but it’s just like any regular cycle ride for me, I don’t see it as anything particularly daring. I felt fine after I finished the ride, no aches or pains. I don’t rush and tear around. I take it easy. I suppose it’s what I’ve been doing all my life. I feel at home on a bike.”
Tony Rathbone holds the current Guinness World Record currently, for the eldest man to make the journey in 2014, aged 81. Donald and his son are currently investigating whether he will now take Tony's place!