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Belton cyclist Brian, 76, is back from Vienna

Brian Kirby with June Lawton who guessed correctly the distance from   Belton to Vienna. EMN-141108-172048001

Brian Kirby with June Lawton who guessed correctly the distance from Belton to Vienna. EMN-141108-172048001

It took 70 days and thousands of miles of pedal power, but Brian Kirby achieved his goal of cycling to Vienna and back - at the age of 76.

His efforts also raised £2,300 for Macmillian Cancer Support, the charity he needed when he was diagnosed with cancer twice.

A driver with Voluntary Action Rutland, Mr Kirby, has had the all clear but decided he would use his passion for cycling to raise funds.

“There were days when it was monotonous, but the sights were absolutely fantastic,“ said Mr Kirby, who lives in Littleworth Lane, Belton, Rutland.

His exploits took him through Rotterdam, Germany and along the Danube into Vienna.

“It was quite an experience,” said Mr Kirby. “Cycling in the Continent is really enjoyable. You don’t have to dice with death like you do here and the countryside is quite different. And I was quite lucky with the weather, too.”

The retired engineer admitted that the ride was quite a challenge because he still has a colostomy bag as a result of having had bowel cancer, but he is delighted to have returned in one piece and having had an enjoyable experience.

Prior to setting off on his journey Mr Kirby had offered a £50 prize for guessing the exact mileage to Vienna from Littleworth Lane.

The prize was won by Belton resident June Lawton who guessed it was 2,908 miles.

 

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