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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

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.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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