Judah, 6, finishes 62-mile bike ride

Judah Hurr
Judah Hurr
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HE MAY only be six years old, but that didn’t stop Judah Hurr taking on a 62-mile bike ride.

The youngster took on an annual bike ride around the Isle of Wight with his dad, Joe.

He took part in the challenge with around 2,000 other cyclists on Sunday – most of whom were much older than him.

Judah said: ‘I was very tired after it. There were really big hills but I managed most of them.

‘I didn’t get off and push. It was really hard.

‘But I am quite proud of myself.’

The Isle of Wight Randonnee has been running since 1985 and sees cyclists take on the island’s many hills on a day-long bike ride.

Judah, from Chelsea Road in Southsea, was cycling on an Isla bike, made by a Welsh company which specialises in making quality bikes for children.

Joe, 39, said the Isle of Wight Randonnee was a challenging event to take on.

‘I’ve never done it before,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t completely sure that we would make it around all the way, but I thought it’s free so we can see how we feel on the day.

‘I do love cycling. I don’t do it as much as I’d like to. We got Judah into cycling from a very young age.’

And it’s not the first bike ride he’s done, as last year Judah and his dad took on the 35-mile Round the Harbours bike ride for the British Heart Foundation.

‘That was by far the biggest thing we had ever done,’ Joe added.

‘That was a pretty major achievement. So we thought, what shall we do next?

‘We hadn’t done a lot of cycling over the winter because it’s been such horrible weather. We only managed to get out about four long rides in.

‘Judah really enjoyed the Randonnee. There were bits of it which were a huge struggle. There are some very big hills.’

The bike ride in total took them around nine hours, with a half an hour break for lunch.

‘When we got to the last big hill there were a whole bunch of other cyclists at the top giving him a big cheer,’ Joe added.

‘After that point he did perk up a lot.’

Joe said he is extremely proud of what his son has achieved.

‘I’m stunned,’ he said.

‘We managed to keep up an average speed of over 10 miles an hour which for that length of time for a six-year-old is unbelievable. It’s just amazing.

‘I want to encourage him because he’s very good at it but I don’t want to overdo it with a little boy like that.

‘I’m really proud of his focus and determination to keep doing it.’

Now, the pair must decide what they will take on next.

Joe joked: ‘I think it might be a year or two before Land’s End to John O’Groats.’