82-year-old is the first Brit to cycle a million miles

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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy">Russ Mantle has just become the first person in the UK to cycle a million miles in their lifetime.</span>
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<i>Robert Spanring / Cycling UK</i>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy">Russ completed his millionth mile on Thursday.</span>
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<i>Robert Spanring / Cycling UK</i>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy">Russ celebrated cycling a million miles with a well-earned glass of champagne.</span>
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<i>Robert Spanring / Cycling UK</i>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy">If your ride doesn’t end with cake, you’re doing it wrong. Russ’ favourite is Victoria sponge – let that be a tip for any wannabe mile munchers reading this.</span>
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<i>Robert Spanring / Cycling UK</i>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy">Mr Mantle is truly an example to us all.</span>
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<i>Robert Spanring / Cycling UK</i>
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<p>An 82-year-old cyclist has become the first person in the UK to cycle a million miles in their lifetime.</p></span>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Yes, you did read that correctly – one million miles.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Having initially started logging his mileage in 1952, Russ Mantle, a retired civil servant from Aldershot, has since cycled an average of 14,700 miles a year. Even at the tender age of 82, he’s still cycled 8,000 miles in 2019 .</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">As Cycling UK points out in its </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GSapzvhhIA&amp;feature=emb_logo"><span style="font-weight: 400">short film about Mantle</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400">, that’s the equivalent of cycling to the moon and back, twice, or circumnavigating the Earth 40 times.</span></p>
<div class="img-container img-container–landscape-thumbnail"><img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=620,413&amp;background=white" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1880,1252&amp;background=white 1880w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1456,969&amp;background=white 1456w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1112,740&amp;background=white 1112w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=940,626&amp;background=white 940w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=728,484&amp;background=white 728w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=556,370&amp;background=white 556w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=355,236&amp;background=white 355w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=340,226&amp;background=white 340w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/RussCake-fc1223c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=320,213&amp;background=white 320w, " sizes="(min-width: 992px) 940px, (min-width: 768px) 728px, (min-width: 576px) 556px, calc(100vw – 20px)" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-407579 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail img-container__image" alt="Russ Mantle’s special celebration cake" title="RussCake" data-source-name="Robert Spanring / Cycling UK"></div>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> If your ride doesn’t end with cake, you’re doing it wrong. Russ Mantle’s favourite is Victoria sponge – let that be a tip for any wannabe mile munchers reading this.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Robert Spanring / Cycling UK</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Mantle, a life member of <a href="https://www.cyclinguk.org">Cycling UK</a> – a charity that has championed cycling in the UK for more than 140 years – completed his millionth mile on Thursday 7 November and, like any decent British cyclist, stopped for cake at a local cafe in Mytchett, Hampshire.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">He has no intention of stopping either, saying: “I haven’t really been going for it, the miles have just naturally piled up because I enjoy cycling so much that it’s just natural to be a mile-eater. Hitting a million miles is just another milestone. On to the next one. Maybe when I’m 100 I’ll make two million!”</span></p>
<div class="img-container img-container–landscape-thumbnail"><img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=620,413&amp;background=white" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1880,1252&amp;background=white 1880w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1456,969&amp;background=white 1456w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1112,740&amp;background=white 1112w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=940,626&amp;background=white 940w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=728,484&amp;background=white 728w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=556,370&amp;background=white 556w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=355,236&amp;background=white 355w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=340,226&amp;background=white 340w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/21/2019/11/DSC_0595-071ad9c.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=320,213&amp;background=white 320w, " sizes="(min-width: 992px) 940px, (min-width: 768px) 728px, (min-width: 576px) 556px, calc(100vw – 20px)" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-407576 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail img-container__image" alt="Russ Mantle’s mile logging sheet from 1992" title="Russ Mantle has been logging his miles in paper diaries since 1952." data-source-name="Cycling UK"></div>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Russ Mantle has been logging his miles in paper diaries since 1952.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Cycling UK</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400">And even though it wasn’t all logged on <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/brand/strava/">Strava</a>, we’ll give him a pass. Mantle instead logged all of his miles in paper diaries, including trips to America, Canada and Europe, as well as the results of his many time trial wins during his racing years, from 1953 to 1975.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Russ is truly an example to all of us who turn the pedals. Congratulations!</span></p>
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