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Pitsford School Headmaster sets new cycling record

Pitsford School’s Headmaster, Mr Noel Toone, cycled 368.33 miles in the National Championship 24 Hour Time Trial (TT) hosted by the Mersey Roads Club on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July. Finishing in 40th place, Noel has now set a new club record for Kettering Cycling Club.

A 24-hour Time Trial is the longest standard TT race run in the UK. Unlike most Time Trials, the 24-hour is not based on how quickly you can ride a certain distance, but how far you can ride in a certain time.

Having successfully completed the Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600km audax in May, Mr Toone has also qualified for the Paris-Brest-Paris event taking place between Sunday 16 and Thursday 20 August.

First run in 1891, the Paris-Brest-Paris race is the oldest event of its kind and was the inspiration for the Tour de France. It is now organised every four years as a 1200km Randonneur event and Mr Toone will be one of over 6,000 cyclists taking part on this amazing journey. Involving more than 65 different nationalities, cyclists have a maximum of 90 hours to complete the challenge on French roads from Paris to Brest and back.

Cycling enthusiast, Mr Toone, can regularly be seen cycling the 28 miles to Pitsford School from his home in Oundle. In March this year, he arranged for Pitsford School to become a regional centre for the national charity Charlotte’s Tandems.

Charlotte’s Tandems lend, at no cost, tandems and tag-alongs to people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they too can enjoy the wonders of cycling.

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