Scorton cyclist to attemp world record

Chris Hopkinson.

Scorton endurance cyclist Chris Hopkinson will attempt to break a world record this weekend.

The 49-year-old, who is fresh from winning the UMCA 24hr European Championship which took place in Slovenia last weekend, will attempt the World Record for a tandem ride at the National 24hr Championships in Wrexham.

Last year, he and partner Mark Arnold managed 486 miles in 24 hours – 15 short of the UK record and 20 short of the world record.

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But Chris is confident the pair can do it.

He said: “I’m in pretty good form and so is Mark. We learnt a lot last year and know what we have to do.”

Chris, a music teacher, got into cycling after buying a bike when he lost his licence due to receiving too many speeding tickets.

Chris celebrates after winning the UMCA 24hr European Championship last weekend.

He quickly lost weight and found he was very quick.

People in their 40s are generally considered at their peak for endurance cycling and Chris is 50 later this year.

“I’ve probably got a few years left at the top and when I’m not at the top I’ll stop,” said the former Army medic who served in the first Iraq War.

Chris is sponsored by national and local companies including Boss Tyres and K2 Body Art.

He is currently looking for more local sponsors.

To contact him or to follow his progress click here.