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

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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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steven miles [24 posts] 2 years ago
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well done her

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kobacom [99 posts] 2 years ago
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The benefits of cycling, Happy Birthday.

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Paul J [908 posts] 2 years ago
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Congrats BIllie!

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Izaak30 [134 posts] 2 years ago
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Suspect she's still fitter and stronger than me!

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VeloPeo [335 posts] 2 years ago
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Unfortunately it appears Billie passed away a few days after her century. What a remarkable woman - RIP  2http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/billie-fleming-passes-aw...