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So what's the thoughts on 400km/day for 35 days?
Mate is attempting to do just the one lap around Aus (14,000km) in 35 days to break the unofficial record - and to raise money for a good cause. I'm tagging along in support and will ride the odd 100k
You can see details at https://www.challengeforchange.org.au/e ... -challenge
I've done 300km two days in a row once (in Africa on mountain bikes), the thought of 400 makes me sick.
Anyone attempted similar crazy stuff, particularly the consecutive days?
I could do it (the 400km two days in a row)... but I'd probably quit cycling afterwards. There is nothing "fun" about that kind of effort. I imagine the guy will be hooked up to an IV every night after a couple days, if not while he's on the bike
Reading Dave Alley's blog was an eye opener, that's for sure. Riding at 27-30kmh for 15 hours day after day for a month is very impressive but doesn't sound that fun to me. Good luck to your friend though, hope he does well.
Yeah I agree it doesn't sound fun at all - in fact a big driver behind me tagging along is to see him in pain. This is clearly not something one does for fun.
When we rode through Africa, 200km/day at 28kmh, we still had rest days (27 riding days across 5 weeks), and Reid just seemed to lap it up (lack of sleep biggest issue, and good quality food).
And Reid (mate cycling) has been in contact with Dave Alley I understand.
We are starting to make contact with cycle clubs across the country to see if we can have any interest in clubs joining us for sections on particular days.
Meh, wake me if he gets close to 252 days straight the record by an Australian for cycling in one year is 1937 100,837 km set by Ossie Nicholson in 1934 - yep that is 400 km for 252 days or an average of 276 km per day for an entire year.
Of course if he can get that done, I will cheer him on as he goes for Tommy Goodwin's all time record - 120,805 km in 1939, an average of 330 km per day. Even at 400km per day it would still take 302 days.
Holy moly! There are some crazy guys out there! And I thought this sort of thing was a recent phenomenon.
& all on a 14kg steel bike with 4 gears
The record was popular in the 30s with the distance rapidly growing before Goodwin finally pushed it past sane levels.
1911 Marcel Planes France 34,666 miles (55,790 km)
1932 Arthur Humbles Great Britain 36,007 miles (57,948 km)
1933 Ossie Nicholson Australia 43,966 miles (70,756 km)
1936 Walter Greaves Great Britain 45,383 miles (73,037 km)
1937 Bernard Bennett England 45,801 miles (73,710 km)
1937 René Menzies France 61,561 miles (99,073 km)
1937 Ossie Nicholson Australia 62,657 miles (100,837 km)
1939 Bernard Bennett England 65,127 miles (104,812 km)
1939 Tommy Godwin England 75,065 miles (120,805 km)
Apparently there have been a number of attempts since then, with most faltering after a month or so as the reality of giving up a year of your life sinks in
Holy moly. I'd hate to have to drivethat distance in a year...
I just read this bit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Godw ... ce_records
THAT is a man ready to serve his country.... although I'm not sure giving up your ability to walk is something you should be doing to ride a bike.
There is a discussion now taking place at BROL on a ROAM style ride across Australia. They are looking at an average of 200 km per day.
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