Follow your dreams, leading cyclist tells Derby pupils

Leigh Timmis was talking to children at Derby High School, following a record-breaking 4,000 mile ride

Derby High School’s primary department has been treated to an inspirational talk by ace cyclist, Leigh Timmis. He spoke to pupils in years five and six as part of a tour of schools, following his cycling through 10 countries in 16 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes, shaving eight days off the previous record for the fastest cycle across Europe.

He said: “A lot of people are scared to step out of their comfort zone, but if there’s something that you believe in and you want to do, then you should just do it. It’s the most amazing thing.

“When I finished I realised it wasn’t about the destination, it was about the journey it took to get there. I hit my limits so many times and achieved something that I never thought I could do.”

Timmis also talked about the moment he came off his bike and injured his leg: “I thought that was it, but I had first aid and went straight back out. I made a choice at that point about who I wanted to be. I decided I was going to try for the world record as best I could and, after that, I had the best four hours on the bike so far, and got to the next country ahead of schedule.”

Teacher Lucy Baker said everyone felt inspired by Timmis’ talk: “We followed Leigh’s epic world record-breaking adventure online, and so it was great to meet him in person. He’s an inspirational person who has left a lasting impression on the children. We look forward to following his next adventure.”