Lancashire fitness fan takes on 90 hour French challenge

Andy Nuttall of Little Hoole on his Eliptigo Cross Trainer, practising on  Preston's Guild Wheel, for a 750 mile ride from Paris to Brest and back in 90 hours
Andy Nuttall of Little Hoole on his Eliptigo Cross Trainer, practising on Preston's Guild Wheel, for a 750 mile ride from Paris to Brest and back in 90 hours
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“I 100 per cent get some funny looks, it’s brilliant – I love it.”

Andy Nuttall, from Little Hoole, certainly turns heads when he is spotted on his Eliptigo elliptical bicycle.

The 45-year-old is currently in training to ride the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur, covering 745 miles in 90 hours, after he lost three-and-a-half stone using the trainer for his daily commute to BAE Wharton.

Andy, an environmental engineer, will join a team of 20 people from around the world on August 16 for the challenge and says he’s the only one who will be using the unusual form of transport.

“The challenge is held every four years but I’ll be the first person to ever participate on an elliptical.

“It’s 30 per cent harder work than it would be on a bicycle but it’s great fun.”

Andy has been covering 150 miles a week on his commute and first bought the bike to take control of his health.

“A friend of mine who is a long-distance marathon runner had one and I thought it looked great fun so I bought one myself.

“I needed to do something about my fitness levels and it’s been brilliant. I’ve gone from having a 38 inch waist to a 30/32 inch.

“And it’s right up my street in terms of my job too.”

The elliptical works much like a bike but, instead of the usual seat, the rider move his legs horizontally and stands up – much like a runner.

“It’s brilliant fun and using the Guild Wheel for training has been perfect,” said Andy.

“I’ve never seen anyone else on one while I’ve been out so you do get some funny looks.”

So far, Andy has secured sponsorship from Broadgate Cycles who are supplying him with equipment for the event and has completed a number of qualifying rounds in preparation for the big day.

“We’re going to be raising money for Fight Against Crohn’s Disease, so hopefully we’ll raise plenty of money,” adds Andy.