Record-breaking pilot from Cheddington cycles through seven countries in 24 hours with best mate

A British Airways pilot and former Tring School pupil has pedalled his way into the record books by cycling through seven countries in 24 hours.

Tuesday, 18th October 2016, 5:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:03 pm
Tom Reynolds (right) and James van der Hoorn. Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways

First officer Tom Reynolds, 28, grew up in Cheddington and before flying to Spain, Norway and Austria, he enjoyed a couple of days off visiting mum Annette and dad Jon this week.

And he certainly deserves a break – having cycled 300 miles with best mate and fellow short-haul pilot, James Van Der Hoorn, 28.

They cycled from Croatia through Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland – countries they regularly fly to. But on bikes, in just one day, the pair raised more than £4,000 for children charity Flying Start. They now hold the team title for ‘most countries visited by bicycle in 24 hours’.

Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways

“We’re really proud to get the record but more importantly to raise the money for the Flying Start charity,” Tom said.

“It’s a great cause and if we’ve made even the slightest difference it will make all the effort totally worthwhile.”

James said: “It’s a great feeling to have done it, and a very humbling thought that we may have helped some kids living difficult lives along the way.”

Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways