Rider profile - Tony Panting

Rider profile - Tony Panting

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Tony has experienced it all - club rides, time trials, the climb of Mont Ventoux, sportives, turbo sessions and a 100-mile record. And at 80 years of age, he is enjoying his cycling more than ever. Here's his profile.

Name: Tony Panting

Age: 80

From: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Club: West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club

What kind of riding do you do? Club rides, charity rides, sportives and until last year time trials.

What do I enjoy most about cycling? The thrill of being in the open air and the fitness cycling gives me.

What is your favourite ride? Any ride in the lovely Suffolk lanes and Norfolk border with my closest mates (All 'oldies'!)

Top tips: A turbo for winter training with intervals for speed and endurance (essential for me as I have asthma). Porridge sprinkled with whey powder, cranberries and blueberries for breakfast (no sugar).

If I had a tandem, who would I like to ride with? A 10-mile time trial with Michael Hutchinson up front.

Your favourite moment in cycling? I have three:

  1. Getting to the summit of Mont Ventoux in two hours and 20 minutes with a stop at Tommy Simpson's memorial (I simply had to beat the Boris Bike guys!). It was 28 degrees in Bedoin but once we left the treeline half way up the Mistral was blowing and it was freezing by the time we reached the summit.
  2. Cresting both the Tourmalet and Port de Bales in the Pyrenees three years ago age 77.
  3. Setting a new vets 100-mile East Anglian record in four hours and 41 mins at age 76 closely followed by 216 miles in 12 hours.

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