Monday was a day of wind and no riding. Gales with gusts up to 90kph were reported and it seemed like they would blow away structures in the garden let alone a brave cyclist. We got away with the garden intact which was good – no cycling time will be lost to extra garden tasks.Continue reading “Week #49. 2018. First S24O of the season.”
A successful week but mainly retracing wheel ruts often discussed in these pages. The main thing is I am happy to have had another good week distance-wise and am closing in on my 2018 challenge to self of cycling 5,200 kilometers in the year.Continue reading “Week #48. 2018. Still managing the weather.”
This was not a great week for cycling as the weather played up with rain and wind and general coolness. Who would have thought summer officially starts in just over a week!Continue reading “Week #47. 2018. The end of Coffeeneuring”
I emailed the organisers a couple of weeks ago asking if recumbents were OK. No reply. This week the ride was getting closer so I downloaded the route information and the rules and regs. In the rules and regs it became clear that recumbents are only allowed to enter the 45k ride. So that’s what I did.Continue reading “Week #46. 2018. Sally’s Ride”
The Cycle365 website hosts a variety of cycle related Challenges. So at the moment I am tackling my personal challenge of riding 5,200 kilometers by 31st December as well as Coffeeneuring and the November “Do something for your Community” challenge. Luckily they sort of slot together by completing multi-purpose rides!
I decided a trip to Four Springs Lake was needed and, if I linked that with a visit to a new Cafe in Westbury, the trip would cover the weekly Coffeeneuring requirements too.
I came across a reference to Tommy Goodwin this week. Tommy was a Brit who cycled 120,805 kilometers in one year back in 1939. Carrying on to May 1940 he covered 160,000 kilometers, dismounted, learnt how to walk again, joined the RAF and went to fight for his country.
Tommy’s record stood until 2015 when Kurt Searvogel of the USA cycled 122,432 ks in one year. That was then eclipsed in 2017 when 24 year old Amanda Coker also of the USA pedalled 138,517.2 ks in the year. She also then continued on to blitz the 160,000 k record.
Here I am attempting to cover 5,200 ks in 2018; I feel rather overshadowed by these cycling greats !!
Interesting point. The rules for such record attempts don’t specify bike type. Amanda cycled using road bikes, MTBs and recumbents to get her record. She used the different style bikes to rest different muscle groups.