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Chopper vs The Hour: Using 1969 Raleigh Chopper, Brit attempts new record

Matt's wardrobe, cycling equipment, diet and training methods are exclusively from the 1970s...

Alex Dowsett broke it on 2 May, Sir Bradley Wiggins will attempt it on 7 June, Dame Sarah Storey just missed it on 28 February; the Hour Record, is now being eyed up by a British cyclist on an unmodified 1969 Mk1 Raleigh Chopper.

On 23 May a new Hour Record will be set by Matt Richardson to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Matt, whose father died of cancer in 1999, will set a new world record at 2.00pm on Saturday 23 May 2015 at Palmer Park Stadium, in Reading, Berkshire.

Last year, the 48-year-old lawyer from Henley-on-Thames, made the news by riding an unmodified Raleigh Chopper to the summit of Mont Ventoux, one of the toughest Tour de France climbs. He conquered the mountain in 2 hours, 10 minutes, overtaking 41 road racing bikes. The ride raised over £5,000 for Ridley Scott Films’ Fireflies Tour.

Last month, the former National Rowing Champion and father of two finished 124th in the Wiggle New Forest Sportive, beating over 950 competitors on more conventional road bikes.

Supporters of Matt’s Raleigh Chopper exploits have included James Cracknell, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Geoff Thomas.

Matt, whose wardrobe, cycling equipment, diet and training methods are exclusively from the 1970s said:
“After my Chopper assault on Mont Ventoux last May, people asked me ‘what next?’. Having raised so much in generous donations last year, I knew this year it would have to be something even more extraordinary… and absurd… and definitely in cut-off jeans and trainers riding a Chopper.”

“When I saw Jens Voigt set a new world Hour record in September 2014 I thought ‘that’s it: The Raleigh Chopper Hour Record.’”

He added: “My father was just 55 when he died. I have just one hour to inspire as many people as possible to donate, help to beat blood cancer and reduce the number of people that go through the pain and loss my family is still enduring.”

To donate, please click here.

You can follow Matt’s training news on Facebook and using the Twitter hashtag: #choppervsthehour

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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