Hardy #ride5000miles members begin to make big plans for New Year

Phil is also the president of Iron Butt UK
Phil is also the president of Iron Butt UK
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While many head to the gym or start a 'dry January', in the New Year, #ride5000miles members are already setting their sights on realistic 2020 targets that will make a more lasting difference to their lives.

Iron Butt UK President, Phil Weston, 69, plans to pass the 200,000-mile mark on his five-year-old Triumph Tiger 800 to mark his 70th birthday.

With 31,000 miles left to go the Bristol-based freelance building manager has a number of European trips planned to reach his bum-numbing total.

Phil's riding takes him all over Europe

These include Iron Butt 'Ride to Eat' events, where members from across Europe converge for a meal before returning home. Destinations vary from a trip to Holland in February to one to Solvenia in June.

"I tried to crack the 200k mile mark this year, but it was a bit too ambitious," Phil told MCN. "I’ve done 25,000 miles this year and it’s now at 167,000. I’ll do a couple of thousand miles around the New Year, which leaves me around 31,000 miles to do in 2020."

Phil is also hoping to raise £1000 for Children’s Hospice South West with, adding: "I’ve visited the hospice and the work they do is incredible."

Phil poses with a statue

Another rider aiming to broaden his biking experiences in 2020 is Dr Steve Johnson, from Yorkshire, who bought his Triumph Tiger 800 XRX late last year after a lay off from bikes.

"It was just a sunny day towards the end of August or the beginning of September and I was overtaken by a number of bikes and I thought 'I really miss that'," he told MCN.

"I’m not very tall at all, so I took a Tiger out for a test ride and thought 'This is perfect.'"

Now firmly back on two wheels, Steve plans to complete his RoSPA advanced motorcycle training, as well as take a two-up tour through France to The Pyrenees with his wife.

To donate to Phil’s cause, click here.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade