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    Tommy Godwin, long distance legend.

    How's this for endurance.

    I read this a few days ago and was absolutely amazed by what this dude achieved, click through and have a read at the website. In UK weather 75
    years ago on a 35lb steel bike with 4 gears, no lycra, no gore-tex and rationed food because of WW2.

    1939 broke the record for the most miles cycled in 1 year at 75065 miles (average of 205 miles per day)
    1940 broke the quickest time (500 days) for cycling 100,000 miles (average of 200 miles per day)

    His bike was fitted with a tamper proof and sealed 'Smiths' speedometer and he had the necessary means to document and verify the distance he would cover, the verification process used to substantiate any claim was strict, riders were required to send in witnessed checking cards with specific details of each days ride, the speedo was checked and signed by postmen and officials ect during each ride.

    Tommy Godwin | Long Distance Legend

    Incredible stuff... and still the record holder 75 years later.
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    I've never heard of Tommy Godwin, pretty dang cool.

    There were a lot of amazing cycling feats in the past, on machines that were not the obligatory 16 lb carbon wonderbikes we think are necessary today.

    The original six-day races on the track were actually six days long, 24x7, with only one rider. There were outcries about how cruel the races were, so eventually they allowed two man teams, and today, even the two man teams don't actually ride six days straight.

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    Pfffffttttt ..... never-mind a 24hr race, try 6 days of it, that will sort the men from the boys !

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    I like the man's (fashion) style!

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    I have the book about Tommy's record year (and 100,000 mile record too) - "Unsurpassed - The story of Tommy Godwin, the world's greatest distance cyclist". It's doubtful that his records will ever be beaten.
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    Cheers Mike, just going to order a copy off ebay. Should make an interesting read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzybmx View Post
    Cheers Mike, just going to order a copy off ebay. Should make an interesting read.
    It is an incredible book and you will not be sorry you bought it.

    The fact that Tommy averaged just over 200 miles per day for 500 days is incredible in itself but what boggles the mind even more is that this was a daily average. He missed only one day of riding but had many days that were less than his required 200 mpd average due to the worst winters the UK had had for a long time plus the wartime blackout was on (no street lights, no visible vehicle lights). So he had to make up for that. His longest day was 361 miles with one three day total of 989 miles. On 5 consecutive days in June he did 258, 295, 361, 291 and 231 miles. And *I* worry about going out and doing back-to-back 40 milers!!

    And all this on a 30lb bike with 4 (hub) gears & tires and clothing of the 1930's - plus the nutrition of a rationed country during the war.
    Un ******* believable.

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