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Old 12-04-15, 08:38 PM
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Daily double century...for a year!

Great article in the December Outside magazine about Kurt "Tarzan" Searvogel, currently attempting to break the record for most miles cycled in one year. The current record is held by Tommy Godwin, who rode 75,065 miles in 1939. (I guess that sort of justifies posting this in the C & V forum.)

Apparently there is renewed interest in this record, certified by the UMCA (Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association), as a Brit named Steven Abraham is also trying to break it. The article puts the feat into perspective, noting that the average American of Kurt's age (52) only drives 19,000 miles per year!

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The Bike Show podcast does an excellent episode on this topic. Download the Player FM app and start learning!
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Tarzan is completely ****ing nuts.

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Yeah, that's kinda insane... But it's an insanity I can respect.
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I am not at all familiar with any of this, but I'm tempted to call BS on the factuality of the 1939 record.
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I am not at all familiar with any of this, but I'm tempted to call BS on the factuality of the 1939 record.
Can't be certain, of course, but I'd assume Outside is pretty credible.
The article has a timeline, containing these milestones:

1936: Walter Greaves - 45,383 miles
1937: Ossie Nicholson - 62,657 miles
1938: Billie Dovey - 29,603 miles (female record)
1939: Tommy Godwin- 75,065 miles (current record)
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I'm not questioning Outside's fact-checking. I'm skeptical of the achievement/certification back in '39.
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Would not employment interfere?
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Would not employment interfere?
Likely.

Obsessively odd. Imho
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I am not at all familiar with any of this, but I'm tempted to call BS on the factuality of the 1939 record.
This was my initial thought. 75,000 miles in 1939? Seems like a stretch and hard to verify. He basically biked around the circumference of the Earth, three times.
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A little more background on Hard Man Tommy Godwin, Cycling Legend.

The World Endurance Records for one year.

The Brits have really dominated this field. I think Sir Bradley Wiggins has something new towards which to aim.

We in the C&V world should start a petition that any attempt to break the record must be completed on a pre WWII bike or a steel bike set up in the spirit of a mid 20th Century bike. :twitichy:
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I don't think this is a bunch of BS. I even found the official Tommy Godwin website.

BTW, going for my own record so to speak in this thread, my 10,000 post on BF with about 99% on C&V. This one should be 9,997.
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Bob, looks like you joined in 2005, so that's 1,000 posts a year for 10 years. Or 19 posts per week. Or 3.2 posts per day (excluding Sundays, of course). Impressive!
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But Tommy Godwin didn't stop after a year. He continued on and did 100,000 miles in 500 days!

Look at some of the feats by Arthur Metcalfe.

Think of all the things YOU could accomplish if you weren't glued to your gizmo and BIkeForums.

Get out and ride!
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It was a record set at an interesting time in history. WWII looming. Economic depression. Endurance records were being challenged. Dance marathon craze. And they didn't even have television.

Godwin had a odometer that was verified daily. He would send postcards from various locations as he pedaled to verify his mileage. And basically was riding a three speed, or maybe it was a four speed. Sturmey Archer hubs were state of the art. I think Raleigh sent out pacers, guys on bikes, to help him along. And Godwin had some crazy high daily mileage in the long days of summer.

Wonder what was in his tea?!??! Another amazing aspect of his feat was the diet of the typical Brit back then. I don't think he was dining on anything fancy back then. Tea, bread, maybe an egg, small portions of meat.

And the clothing. Wool. Nothing at all like the cycling clothing we have today. I imagine heavy sweat laden clothes at the end of each day.
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Not only that, but he did over 90% of his mileage on a single bike! He was very particular and never wanted to use his backup bikes unless his favorite was being fixed
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That's nuts. Hat's off to him. I once rode a double century - when I was 20, and I slept for 16 hours straight afterwards.
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Yes, the article does give plenty of props to past record-setters, mentioning weather and equipment specifically. Also, they had to stop often and get their ride cards signed and verified, for certification.

Today's guys, including Searvogel and Abraham, document their mileage on Strava. Searvogel studies wind charts, works hard to keep it behind him, and also tackles far less elevation change compared to the Brit. Interestingly, Tarzan's diet is almost total junk/fried food...claiming he burns 8,000 calories per day!

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