Gran rides again – and again!

Gran rides again
Gran rides again at WNBR London 2006

In admiration of Marguerite Dustman, 1922-2019

affectionately known to all as “Gran”

In the previous post we read how 83-year-old Gran’s first World Naked Bike Ride was our London ride in 2005. But it was cold and she reluctantly had to keep her raincoat on.

The old lady in her raincoat
The old lady in her raincoat

The next year she was keen to try again – and this time the weather was good. It was a glorious day and she cycled the whole route naked, aged 84. Her son-in-law, Paul Burkimsher, was again called upon to accompany her.

Gran on WNBR London 2006
Gran riding WNBR London 2006
Gran on WNBR London 2006
Gran on WNBR London 2006
Gran and son-in-law Paul
Gran and son-in-law Paul

And Gran Rides Again in York and London

That was by no means the end of Gran’s World Naked Bike Rides.

When Tony Minou from Leeds announced a meeting to organise the very first WNBR York ride, Gran was the only person to turn up to that meeting (apart from Tony). They got on really well.

In 2009 she was back on the bike and featured in the York Press.

Sadly Gran had to give up cycling by the age of 90 in 2012, but that didn’t keep her away. She rode in London 2013 in a rickshaw.

Gran riding by rickshaw in London 2013.
Gran riding by rickshaw in WNBR London 2013.

Gran was back in the York Press with a photo from 2014, this time being driven by son-in-law, Paul.

At the age of 92 Gran needs to be driven by son-in-law Paul

Gran’s story goes to the heart of what the World Naked Bike Ride is about. Cycling and WNBR should be for everyone. And we should all care passionately about its mission to make the planet great again by promoting a sustainable environment and healthy lifestyles.