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Cyclist celebrates turning 70 - by riding 70km a day for 70 days

Jeff Webber is raising money for Bristol Children's Hospital...

A Bristol man is celebrating turning 70 - by cycling 70 kilometres every day for 70 days.

Jeff Webber, a member of the North Bristol Cycling Club,  plans to rack up a total ascent of at least 70,000 metres during his 1-0-week challenge.

Along the way, he is raising money for the Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal in aid of Bristol Children's Hospital.

He said on his Just Giving page: "I have been extremely lucky to have had a relatively disease and injury free passage to this stage of my life. 

"I have set a challenge to raise funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital to help children who are considerably less fortunate than myself."

Mr Webber set off on Saturday 1 July and is logging his rides on Strava.

He said: "I shall be riding from from home every day using ten different routes that provide the distance and climbing needed to meet the challenge. That way I have the option to complete each route seven times which helps to keep repetition to a minimum. It is very likely that Sunday club rides will also be included."

He added:  "The ten routes are planned and with Garmin devices there is an option for others to be able to track progress. All rides will be automatically uploaded from the Garmin to Strava so there can be no cheating!"

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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