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Old 07-23-07, 07:06 PM   #1
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Record for non-stop riding

I know there's an official 24 hour record. Is there a record for total distance in one ride?
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Old 07-23-07, 07:29 PM   #2
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Define your "one ride".

Do you mean no breaks, no stopping, no putting a foot down on the pavement? Or do you mean a "one ride" like a 1200 km randonnee such as the Paris-Brest-Paris?
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Define your "one ride".

Do you mean no breaks, no stopping, no putting a foot down on the pavement? Or do you mean a "one ride" like a 1200 km randonnee such as the Paris-Brest-Paris?
I mean no rest breaks, no food stops, no sleep. Very short bathroom breaks would be ok.
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Old 07-24-07, 05:11 AM   #4
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I mean no rest breaks, no food stops, no sleep. Very short bathroom breaks would be ok.
I don't think UMCA keeps such records, but if you were to include supported rides (where the rider doesn't stop for food, but can receive supplies from a support vehicle) then you might want to check and see if RAAM keeps any records on who might have done the longest solo segment.
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During the early part of this century, six day track racers were required to be on the track during the entire event. So I know that people have gone at least six days without putting a foot down.

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if you count never returning to you starting place, heinz stucke has got everyone beat.

seriously hard to define record in the OP.
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During the early part of this century, six day track racers were required to be on the track during the entire event. So I know that people have gone at least six days without putting a foot down.

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Barring insomnia, I don't think a human can go six days without sleep. 36 hours is about the maximum before serious mental impairment occurs.
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Madisons are ridden by two-man teams, occasionally three-man teams. The early rule was that a rider from each team had to be riding at all times. The photos of riders reading a paper while steering with a foot on the handlebars (at 4am) are worthwhile.
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Two man teams were instituted in 1900 or so, as a result of a New York law preventing individual six day riders from racing 24 hours a day. That "serious mental impairment" was the impetus behind the law.

The early history of six day racing is quite fascinating, should anyone be interested. "Hearts of Lions" is a very good read on the subject.

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I've got a copy of "Heart of Lions", a good book. The solo six day riders didn't have to be on the track all the time but, to win, they had to try. They didn't fit the OP's definition of no sleep or your description of "without putting a foot down". Even so, your response is probably better than mine. Wikipedia is pretty good on this topic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-day_racing

Another possibility is the beginning of RAAM. The frontrunners do the first couple of days without significant stops. The track riders probably went longer though (less things to run into on the velodrome).
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Taking the OP a little further, I believe there is a record for riding without eating or drinking. I think it was Pete Penseyres with something like 267 miles, but I can't find a source. Anyone?
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Taking the OP a little further, I believe there is a record for riding without eating or drinking. I think it was Pete Penseyres with something like 267 miles, but I can't find a source. Anyone?
Was Danny Chew. 170 miles without eating or drinking. from Pittsburgh to State College PA.
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