Record-breaking cyclist clocks up another Century as she turns 100

Billie Fleming rode her bike every single day in 1938 - and covered 29,604 miles during the year

by Simon_MacMichael   May 5, 2014  

Telegram from the Queen

A record-breaking cyclist has clocked up her ultimate Century after celebrating her 100th birthday last week.

Billie Fleming, then going by her maiden name Dovey, took to her bike every single day of 1938 to set a record for the annual distance ridden by a woman of 29,604 miles.

Aged 24 at the time, she rode an average of 81 miles each day, and also rode 196 miles from York to Mill Hill in North London in one day, reports the North Devon Journal.

Mrs Fleming marked her 100th birthday with a tea party with staff and fellow residents at the nursing home where she lives in Bideford.

Her husband, George Fleming, was also a cyclist and was the first man to break two hours for the 50-mile Bath Road course.

The nursing home’s manager, Rae Vanstone, home manager at Care South’s Kenwith Castle, said: “We were delighted to host Billie’s 100th birthday at the home. She has enjoyed a remarkable life and achieved an incredible amount.

“Staff at Kenwith Castle worked hard to ensure her milestone birthday was special and Care South head office delivered a beautiful bouquet of flowers.”

Earlier this year, we reported on another centenarian who is still in the saddle – Frenchman Robert Marchand, who in January broke his own age group Hour record at the age of 102.

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well done her

posted by steven miles [23 posts]
5th May 2014 - 21:09


The benefits of cycling, Happy Birthday.

posted by kobacom [85 posts]
6th May 2014 - 6:45


Congrats BIllie!

posted by Paul J [668 posts]
6th May 2014 - 8:45


Suspect she's still fitter and stronger than me!

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur, happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr

posted by Izaak30 [85 posts]
7th May 2014 - 21:00


Unfortunately it appears Billie passed away a few days after her century. What a remarkable woman - RIP Sad

posted by VeloPeo [221 posts]
15th May 2014 - 17:10