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Cyclists aged 83 years apart complete Land’s End-John O’Groats within days of each other

Rhoda Jones, four, is believed to be youngest rider to complete End to End and Donald Wells, 87, the oldest

Two cyclists who have completed a ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in recent days are separated by 83 years in age – with one thought to be the youngest person to have completed the end-to-end ride, the other the oldest man.

Rhoda Jones, aged four, set off from Cornwall just over three weeks ago with her sister Ruth, both travelling on trailer bikes attached to their parents’ bicycles.

Parents Tom and Kate have passed their GPS data and other supporting information including a log book and photos so it can be verified that she has beaten the record currently held by Henry Cole, who was also aged four when I rode the route with his father on an adapted tandem in 2006.

At the opposite end of the age spectrum, Donald Wells finished the journey solo on his Brompton – at the age of 87.

The charity Cycling UK – of which he is a member – says that he is believed to be the oldest man to have ridden the End to End.

Mr Wells, from Emsworth in Hampshire, undertook the ride at what he described as a “leisurely pace,” taking five weeks and two days to complete it.

The current Guinness World Record for the oldest man to complete the ride is held by Tony Rathbone, who was aged 81 when he rode the route in 2014.

Cycling UK says that Mr Wells and his son will try and see if his ride can be recognised.

“I’m pleased with what I did but it’s just like any normal cycle ride for me, I don’t see it as anything particularly daring.

Mr Wells said: “I felt fine after I finished the ride – no aches and pains. I don’t rush and tear around, I take it easy.

“I suppose it’s what’s I’ve been doing all my life. I feel at home on a bike.”

Simon joined 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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