Pedal power! The tricycle champ who still bikes five miles a week aged 100
Richard Howard, who won three tricycle gold medals before the start of the Second World War, still bikes five miles a week despite just becoming a centenarian.
When you reach the milestone of turning 100, most already live life at a more sedate pace.
Richard Howard, however, is no ordinary centenarian.
The father-of-one, who won three tricycle gold medals before the start of the Second World War, still bikes five miles a week despite just reaching the landmark birthday.
Richard won gold in a 24 hour road race covering 335 miles, a 200 race and another 100 mile road race in ONE MONTH back in 1937.
He used to go cycling with his wife Dorothy in the 1940s and would cycle to work with his son Peter, 63, on the back in the 1940s.
Richard, who turned 100 at the end of March, had not been on his bike for many years, but was prompted to start again after the death of his wife Dorothy who had a stroke aged 90 in 2007.
He now cycles at least five miles every weekend on his tricycle – and says he will carry on until he is 112.
Richard, from Winslow, Bucks., said: “I just accept it as normal.”
On turning 100, he said: “It’s the same as I’ve always felt – perfectly OK.”
Proud son Peter, a business consultant, said: “He must have been a really fit young man to win all those gold medals.
“I am very proud of him. It is amazing that he is still living independently now.
“He tells me he plans to live until he is 112 – and cycle for as long as possible.
“I think cycling has probably given him that foundation of fitness that has enabled him to live this long.
“I remember back in 1976 I took a photo of him with a grey beard and a beret and I thought this may be the last shot I get of my dad.
“I would never have dreamt in a month of Sundays that in 2013 I would be sitting here celebrating his 100th birthday.
“He took up cycling again after mum died to take his mind off it.”
Richard served in the Army in 1942 (SWNS)Father and son cycle on the Redways path network in Milton Keynes, Bucks, most weekends.
Peter added: “We usually go about five miles, but when the weather gets warmer we’ll go about 12 miles,” he said.
“My dad has a lot of stamina. We go along at quite a pace.
“People are often surprised to see someone of his age still riding.
“They often stop him and say ‘That’s a beautiful machine’. He’ll say ‘You should try one of these – they’re great.'”
Richard was born in Tottenham, north London, and was one of 12 children.
He served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in the Second World War looking after Italian and German prisoners of war.
Richard, who was already fluent in French, became fluent in Italian and German.
The primary school teacher retired at the age of 65, having taught in the London and Canterbury areas.
Despite his age Richard still drives a car occasionally and is an accomplished painter of portraits and landscapes.
His is still an active member of Unity Cycling Club and the Tricycle Association, and was delighted to receive birthday cards from their members. (UK.news.yahoo.com)