Tom's pedal power

PUBLISHED: 14:54 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 07:14 30 May 2010

Tom Deakin in action  Picture: SUBMITTED

Tom Deakin in action Picture: SUBMITTED

A DUNMOW man has just completed a series of bike rides to gain the prestigious Randonneur Round the Year award. Tom Deakins completed a £200km ride or more events in 12 consecutive months - the cyclist s equivalent to a marathon. Mr Deakin said: I have

A DUNMOW man has just completed a series of bike rides to gain the prestigious 'Randonneur Round the Year' award.

Tom Deakins completed a £200km ride or more events in 12 consecutive months - the cyclist's equivalent to a marathon.

Mr Deakin said: "I have done quite a lot of long distance cycling, as well as some competitive riding, but this is something new for me and was particularly hard during the winter, involving some night riding and coping with the weather.

Some 'away' events entailed early starts, but I was able to devise my own ride starting from Dunmow, as it was possible to obtain proof of passage from shops, garages and cash machines on my route."

So far, fewer than 200 cyclists in the UK have achieved the award, presented by Audax UK.

Mr Deakin is now building up stamina for the epic 1400km London-Edinburgh-London event in July.

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