Marathon man Brooks ready to take on the world

MARATHON MAN -- Rob Brooks, of Trent Valley Road Club.

MARATHON MAN -- Rob Brooks, of Trent Valley Road Club.

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A member of the Gainsborough-based Trent Valley Road Club will be one of 5,000 cyclists from all over the world to take part in an international marathon in France, spanning 1.200 kilometres and 90 hours.

Rob Brooks qualified to take part in the Paris-Brest-Paris ride in August after collecting his gold-standard Super Randonneur (SR) award for proving himself in audax, which is a non-competitive sport in which riders cover long-distance road cycling events within a pre-defined time-limit.

His latest ride was a 382-mile, non-stop event that started in Alfreton and visited nine counties. He finished it in 39 hours and even managed to get a few hours’ sleep. It was a long time in the saddle, but the weather was kind and he suffered no mechanical setbacks, enabling him to maintain a steady pace. Brooks has now completed a series of rides over 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km this year to entitle him to the SR award.