AN 80-year-old cyclist isn’t letting a hip replacement get in the way of a fundraising event.

Michael Mortimore is taking on the British Heart Foundation London to Reading bike ride to raise vital funds for the charity’s lifesaving work.

Mr Mortimore, from Sherborne, underwent hip replacements in 2000 and in November 2015, but is looking forward to getting back in the saddle.

As well as the London to Reading event, he is planning to cycle the length of the UK for the second time.

Mr Mortimore has been a keen cyclist all his life, both growing up and after retiring from a 25-year-long career as a Geographer in Nigeria. Aged 62, he successfully completed the iconic cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

He said: “Cycling is the only way I can truly be in a world of my own with no stress and no worries. Growing up, I’d spend hours on my bike and I love it just as much now as I did as a child.

“Although my hip replacement has set me back a bit, the London to Reading Bike Ride is the perfect way for me to get back on my bike. It’s fun, informal and I’m confident that riding 40-miles is an achievable goal. 

“I’m 80 this year and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to cycle. So whilst I’m still fit and able, I’m determined to be on my bike as much as possible. I’m even planning to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the second time in the near future.”

All of the BHF’s cycling events are supported by the charity’s corporates partners Tesco and Jaffa.

The London to Reading Bike Ride takes place on March 18 and is designed for both experienced cyclists and those who haven’t taken part in many cycling events before. The largely flat route and quiet roads make the challenge an achievable one whilst the stunning views and amazing atmosphere will allow you to see for yourself just how much fun can be had on two wheels.

To register visit or by contacting the events team at or 0845 130 8663.