Cyclists help to honour Billie

The cyclists enjoying their social ride
The cyclists enjoying their social ride
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Eight ladies from Spalding Cycling Club set off from the Fisherman’s Arms for a social 22-mile ride around the Fenland countryside as part of a national women’s event.

They were helping to honour Billie Fleming who died last May, aged 100, and who had a unique place in the history of cycling.

In 1938, she cycled every day and set the women’s world record for the greatest distance cycled in a single year of 29,604 miles.

Sarah Bentley said: “Although the route was flat, we did ascend the Col du Pinchbeck Approach and the Col du Gosberton Clough!

“The landscape looked at its best in the beautiful, warm and sunny weather which we were lucky enough to have for the entire duration of the 

“The group stayed together and kept a respectable pace considering several of the group had not ridden a bike since last summer and some had very little experience of riding in a group.

“We even managed to sweep past a slower group of cyclists in the best peleton fashion! All in all it was a great ride out, good weather, good company and a good cause.”