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    Riding mileage: Is this even possible?

    I've been logging my cycling mileage at website (My Cycling Log) for many years. The site is free and apparently managed on a very low budget, but I like it's functionality.

    So here's the situation. Cyclists from all over the world log their mileage at this site. For many years, a guy from Wilmington, NC, usually led the mileage list, logging about 12,000 to 21,000 miles/year. That is pretty high mileage, but totally within the realm of believability. However, about two years ago, a guy from Ontario, Canada, started logging ridiculously high mileages -- way beyond anyone else. For 2014, he logged 55,142 miles (not kilometers). That averages out to 4,595 miles/month and 151 miles/day. In 2013, he logged a mere 47,216 miles. You get the picture.

    My question to the peanut gallery: Is this kind of mileage even possible? How could someone conceivably ride 150+ miles/day all year long? And in Canada no less. BTW, he already has logged about 4,000 miles this January.

    Personally, I smell a rat. But on the other hand, why would someone create a ruse and log false mileage day after day for several years running?

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    Maybe he is using he trainer set to negative grade.

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    That type of mileage would be 8+ hours a day, everyday. It is unlikely that even a bike messenger would do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    However, about two years ago, a guy from Ontario, Canada, started logging ridiculously high mileages -- way beyond anyone else. For 2014, he logged 55,142 miles (not kilometers). That averages out to 4,595 miles/month and 151 miles/day. In 2013, he logged a mere 47,216 miles. You get the picture.

    My question to the peanut gallery: Is this kind of mileage even possible?
    Sure. Tommy Goodwin holds the record at 75,065 miles in one year.

    Tommy Godwin (cyclist born 1912) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    How could someone conceivably ride 150+ miles/day all year long?
    Ride 9-12 hours a day after ceasing to work a day job.

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    I don't recall his name but someone is actually attempting to break that record this year. Heard about him on the GCN Youtube channel.

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    Is the information on that site backed up by any computer, GPS, HR, or power data? Or is it just all on the honor system?

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    If he's not posting GPS recordings, it sounds fake. EDIT-- maybe not: see below.

    But there are a few riders going for the 75,000 miles in a year record. See this thread: UMCA announces a new record category: highest annual mileage. Like I posted in that thread, it's like riding a continuous 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris ride for a year.

    See UK cyclist Steven Abraham's web site oneyeartimetrial.org.uk He's basically spending all his waking hours riding, with a support crew and donated places to stay each night. Jan 25: at 4651 miles.
    From his website:
    Steve is backed by a team of volunteers who organise everything from sponsorship and donations to providing food, accommodation and maintenance each night.
    This is an expensive undertaking just in terms of equipment. All Steve's food and living expenses also need to be paid for during his year away from work.

    Here's another rider from the USA, Kurt Searvogel. His Strava page shows 3263 miles.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Strava says there are 3 official riders:

    The two above and
    William "Ironox" Pruett. -- his strava page shows 800 miles in January. Perhaps he started in mid-month?

    Strava has a "club" for these riders, with 122 members, most going for their own personal record, I suppose.
    Strava Highest Annual Mileage Record club.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Here's the Ontario guy. It looks like he's in Florida right now.
    Profile for OHHD
    Browsing his history, he rides 80-150 miles just about every day. The site's weekly or monthly charts are in km, not miles. His summer 5500 km months are 3400 miles. As of Jan 25: 2478 miles, 99 miles a day.
    It sounds possible, but GPS recordings would be useful for a sort of proof.
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    Yes, it is possible, and there are guys who do it. Some of them commute to work by riding 40 or 50 miles each way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
    Yes, it is possible, and there are guys who do it. Some of them commute to work by riding 40 or 50 miles each way.
    Maybe so, but I highly doubt the person in question does that. He would have to ride 150 miles a day during the dead of winter, in Canada. No matter how hardcore he is, surely there would be some days when it wouldn't be possible or be too dangerous to ride his bike that kind of distance to work.

    EDIT: I guess it could be closer to legit if the guy is riding in Florida during the winter as in the previous post above. I still have my doubts though.

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    Yes it's possible.

    Better question to ask: even if it's not true, who cares???
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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    Yes it's possible.

    Better question to ask: even if it's not true, who cares???
    The Internet is serious business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.Katso View Post
    The Internet is serious business.
    Should we report digital epo to the internet equivalent of the UCI?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    Should we report digital epo to the internet equivalent of the UCI?!?
    I thought BF already was the Internet equivalent of the UCI

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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    Yes it's possible.

    Better question to ask: even if it's not true, who cares???
    I don't really care, just curious. The mileage being reported seems beyond the realm of possibility. However, rm-rf's research suggests that perhaps this guy is one of the cyclists attempting to break the record, but it also makes me wonder if he is riding kms and reported them as miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben I. View Post
    I don't recall his name but someone is actually attempting to break that record this year. Heard about him on the GCN Youtube channel.
    A guy from Ontario, Canada maybe?

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    Fake. But as datlas said, 'who cares'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    But on the other hand, why would someone create a ruse and log false mileage day after day for several years running?
    So he could fulfill his life-long dream of becoming the subject of a BF thread?

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    Look up Million Mile Freddie (Freddie Hoffman). In his prime he was ridding 50,000 mile years. With ~1.4 million over a life time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drider85 View Post
    Look up Million Mile Freddie (Freddie Hoffman). In his prime he was ridding 50,000 mile years. With ~1.4 million over a life time.
    I don't care to

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    What do these people do for a living where they can ride so much?!

    My bet is he's mixing up his conversions.

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    See if you can find his Strava account. Or some other ride mapping software.

    150 miles in his living room?

    Biking to Panama?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    I've been logging my cycling mileage at website (My Cycling Log) for many years. The site is free and apparently managed on a very low budget, but I like it's functionality.

    So here's the situation. Cyclists from all over the world log their mileage at this site. For many years, a guy from Wilmington, NC, usually led the mileage list, logging about 12,000 to 21,000 miles/year. That is pretty high mileage, but totally within the realm of believability. However, about two years ago, a guy from Ontario, Canada, started logging ridiculously high mileages -- way beyond anyone else. For 2014, he logged 55,142 miles (not kilometers). That averages out to 4,595 miles/month and 151 miles/day. In 2013, he logged a mere 47,216 miles. You get the picture.

    My question to the peanut gallery: Is this kind of mileage even possible? How could someone conceivably ride 150+ miles/day all year long? And in Canada no less. BTW, he already has logged about 4,000 miles this January.

    Personally, I smell a rat. But on the other hand, why would someone create a ruse and log false mileage day after day for several years running?
    I recall the most miles I ever saw from a professional racer was Ekimov and he was around 40,000 which included his racing miles.
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    I HOPE that it's fake,, because I'd HATE to think that someone is so unbalanced that they would devote THAT much time and effort to riding a bicycle! No matter how enjoyable something may be, when one devotes so much of their life to pursuing that one thing to the exclusion of all else, it ceases to be enjoyable. And the very thought that someone is so shallow that they would do such just to have their name recorded as a record-holder of some meaningless accomplishment, until someone else comes along and tops them, is just sad- a sign of a life lived in vain.
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