Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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It's been done:
"The first six-day event was an individual time trial at the Agricultural Hall in Islington, London in 1878 when a professional called David Stanton sought a bet that he could ride 1,000 miles in six successive days, riding 18 hours a day. A Mr Davis put up £100 and the stake was held by the Sporting Life newspaper. Stanton started at 6am on 25 February and won the bet in 73 hours, riding on a high-wheeled machine at an average speed of 13½mph."
From elsewhere, I find the apparent record for single-person six-day races:
"At an 1898 6-day "Go as You Please" race in Madison Square Garden, Charlie Miller pedaled 2,093.4 mi. So many of his rivals were hospitalized for exhaustion that public fury just about put an end to the 6-day bicycle races."
Note that these were indoor races on tracks. The 1,000 miles was on a penny-farthing bike, the 2,093 on a diamond-frame.