Inspiring local figure and the 2019 winner of the Living Sport Services to Sport Award Colin Bedford set out on a bike ride with a difference this September: cycling five plus miles a day for five days on different vintage bikes and wearing costumes matching the bike’s era.

Motivated and moved by Captain Sir Tom Moore, Colin wanted to give something back to those that have helped him and others. He set up his charity challenge to raise funds for Diabetes UK and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Eye Unit and has raised around £2500 so far.

Living Sport’s Roz Fitches went along to support Colin on the final leg of his cycle. Roz recently completed an amazing cycling feat of her own, cycling non-stop for 24 hours and covering 268 miles. All part of Living Sport’s campaign to raise funds for Local Joes – community heroes who kept the people of our county active, connected and well during lockdown.

With everyone involved adhering to social distancing rules, Roz joined Colin who rode a 1937 GPO bicycle that was ridden in March in the Second World War, and also did a short stint on his 1868 Boneshaker bicycle which has wooden wheels and no brakes!

Roz said “It was my honour and privilege to support Colin. He’s done so much over so many years for so many people.”


Including his training, Colin cycled a grand total of 60 miles last month, an amazing achievement for an 84-year-old. He now wants to meet Captain Tom who inspired him and so many others.

If you’d like to sponsor Colin, visit his JustGiving page.