Bury St Edmunds cyclists pay tribute to world record holder Billie Flemming

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Fifteen Bury St Edmunds women cycled 34 miles last Sunday (February 15) as part of their first Ride Like Billie Day.

The events, being held nationwide, are a tribute to Billie Fleming who set a women’s world record in 1938 for the greatest distance cycled in a single year. She died last year at the age of 100.

The aim is for a woman or group of women to ride every day of this year, covering the same distance Billie cycled on that day in 1938 - totalling 29,604 miles over 365 days.

Amelia Richardson, one of the Bury cyclists, said: “It was a really great day. The sun was out and it was certainly a bit warmer than our previous rides.

“We rode 34 miles, the long way round to Ixworth, stopped at The Coffee House for cake, then back to Bury.”

She added: “There were 15 of us in total, some friends, some met through the British cycling Breeze rides and some had never met, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t lots of chatting throughout!”

The group is also planning to ride some of Billie’s 1938 route in June, when she travelled more than 100 miles from Thetford to Bury and on to Stowmarket.

To find out more about Billie and the events taking place this year, visit www.tributetobillie.co.uk