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Gainsborough cyclist Trevor Halstead represents Lincolnshire in national championships

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 28, 2012

  • Veteran cyclist Trevor Halstead represented Lincolnshire in the national 24-hour time trial championships – despite suffering a smashed femur more than two years ago

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A cyclist recovering from a smashed femur has completed a 332-mile ride in 24 hours.

As Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were dominating the Tour de France, 54-year-old Trevor Halstead was representing Lincolnshire in the national 24-hour time trial championships in Farndon, Chester.

Mr Halstead, who owns Church Street Cycles in Gainsborough, represented the town's Aegir Cycling Club.

He clocked 100 miles in five hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds, crossing the 12-hour mark at 197.352 miles, with a total distance for the event of 332.756 miles for overall 65th place from 82 finishers.

Cyclists from all over the UK took part in event – the only one of its kind in the UK this year.

Trevor is coeliac, lactose and caffeine intolerant and was out of competitive action for a year from January 2010 when he fractured his femur in a freak accident.

Like Wiggins – who is hoping for both road race and time trial glory in the London Olympics – he has to watch what he eats and foresakes his work van for the bike at every opportunity.

"It was a great experience but physically punishing," said Mr Halstead.

"And it was definitely the hardest ride I have ever done.

"Just riding through the night and into daybreak was mentally and physically draining. The finishing circuit was really hard, with three really demanding climbs.

"The only other Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club member to have completed a 24-hour time trial is Ray Newton. He still holds the men's 24-hour club record with a distance of 379.530 miles done in July 1968 when he was 23 years old.

"I've established a new veteran men's category record for male cyclists of 35 years and above."

Mr Halstead's support team included Mr Newton – an official at the event – who brought the rider back home.

Father-and-son Matthew and Liam Hindmarsh took him out to the event, while club-mate Paul Reynolds travelled to the race by motorcycle to feed and support Mr Halstead. "We're really proud of Trevor for completing what was a gruelling challenge and without doubt a ride of a lifetime," said Mr Hindmarsh.

For good measure, Mr Halstead is winding down with a shorter event this weekend – just a 12-hour time trial in Yorkshire.

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