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Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

2 January 2015 - 2:05pm
Blimey. I'd be rather happy to do a tenth of that in a year!!

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

2 January 2015 - 12:57pm
Found something here from Cycling Weekly - but does not mention he was unfit for the Army:

...on December 31, 1939 he’d racked up a massive 75,065 miles. But Tommy wasn’t content to settle with that – he continued riding until May 14, 1940, setting the record for the time taken to 100,000 miles – within 500 days.

Godwin’s achievement was legendary beyond cycling fans. He met royalty, appeared on television, was interviewed by Richard Dimbleby for radio, and lent his image to advertising posters. The ride had taken its toll, though; Godwin required a period of rehabilitation to learn to walk normally and uncurl his hands. Yet within weeks he was serving his country in the RAF.

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

2 January 2015 - 12:48pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I would be very surprised if the physical effort had any long lasting effect on him, psychologically extremely difficult but long term damage physically, I don't buy that at all.

I seem to remember reading that when he joined the forces not long after the end of his attempt (by now WW2 had started) he could not join the Army because his feet were somehow misshapen after treading the pedals for so long (or so hard). He had to join the RAF. Not sure where I read it so not sure if it's true.

Re: panniers

2 January 2015 - 12:01pm
Personally I use Tubus racks and Carradice bags, but that's for multi-day touring.

It depends what you want the rack and panniers for.

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

2 January 2015 - 11:12am
Steve's on the move again this morning. Certainly cracking on! Only 363.5 days to go.............

Day one: http://www.strava.com/activities/235354357

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

2 January 2015 - 8:27am
LollyKat wrote:So is someone in the UK -- he has just started : One Year TimeTrial

See also Steve's Facebook page, and his live tracking page which will include the other two riders once they set off.

This has got to be the hardest world record to beat, Steve deserves as much publicity and support he can get. I find record attempts like this by ordinary guys really inspirational and as much as I admire Tommy Godwin ( http://wp.me/p498Mc-4w ) I am hoping Steve can claim the record.

Re: panniers

2 January 2015 - 1:41am
What fixings does the bike have and how much do you want to carry? Dawes, Vavert, Axiom and Avenir all seem to make good racks, to name four. I've been particularly impressed with Basil panniers and read good things about Ortlieb.

panniers

1 January 2015 - 11:56pm
Hi

i got a Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike 2014 with my cycle to work scheme, what rack and panniers would you recommend to fit to it ?

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

1 January 2015 - 9:03pm
As awful as it is its not outside what might be expected - there's two cyclist deaths a week on average in the UK so three in four days would not be unusual. And that is against a background of about 35 road deaths a week in total. Its worth reading the Aberdein and Spiegelhalter paper on the six deaths that occurred in London over a fortnight a few years ago and statistical clumping. Its a very readable paper. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 0715.x/pdf

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

1 January 2015 - 8:39pm
661-Pete wrote:How is it that, in 2015, cars are still so easy to steal? Speaking for myself, and not being of the TWOCer's persuasion, I wouldn't have the first idea how to hotwire* a car and/or defeat the immobiliser...


They break into your house and steal your car keys, then drive off in your car.

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

1 January 2015 - 8:24pm
What an awful start to the New Year (although the death in Nutley occurred last Sunday)! Condolences to the friends and families of all the deceased. And all of them in my corner of the country. The one in St Leonards is especially shocking - I hope they nail the lowlife responsible and hand out the stiffest sentences if found guilty.

There's a hint, from the report, that it was a stolen/TWOC'd vehicle. How is it that, in 2015, cars are still so easy to steal? Speaking for myself, and not being of the TWOCer's persuasion, I wouldn't have the first idea how to hotwire* a car and/or defeat the immobiliser...

*If anyone knows, please don't tell us!

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

1 January 2015 - 5:26pm
I'm shocked that some motorists are allowed to keep their licenses when clearly they have no idea how to use the roads properly

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

1 January 2015 - 4:56pm
A clear case of needing the local tow-truck to simply lift the car up and carry it off to the local pound.

The woman was plain daft - parking half on the pavement, yellow lines clearly visible in front of her car, tram lines ditto, tram stop ditto, in a place where there is obviously no parking.

She's a prime example of someone who needs to re-take her driving test, and needs a good dressing-down on the subjects of
Common sense
Consideration for others
Plain, simple, roadcraft which seems to be missing from the brains of most road-users (2 wheels or more, with/without engines) these days!

Amazed to find you can still get these books http://www.roadcraft.co.uk - When I learned to motorcycle in the late 60's (the golden days of dead ton-up boys) my elder brother practically force-fed this to me. Best bit of reading I ever did. Maybe I'll get myself an up-to-date copy ....

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

1 January 2015 - 4:15pm
That's not looking good
Condolences to family and friends RIP

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

1 January 2015 - 3:47pm
Tonyf33 wrote:this seems like a good place to see TG record in detail, looks like he was fairly well scrutinised for his mileages
http://phased.co.uk/tommy-godwin-faq/
The thing I cant seem to tally up though is how he was able to put weight on when he was having to consume in excess of 9500Kcals per day, every day and on some days in excess of 14,000kcals on his 300 mile days.
.

I too have wondered about that. The pictures I've seen of him look too fleshy to have done those milages but I don't know when exactly they were taken.

Re: Snow

1 January 2015 - 2:44pm
Happy to say that the snow has finally melted. I managed to get out for a 40 miler today. Still a little bit of ice on some roads so I stuck to gritted routes.

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

1 January 2015 - 2:31pm
Tonyf33 wrote:bigjim wrote:breakwellmz wrote:http://vintagebicycle.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/the-great-tommy-godwin-75065-miles-120805-kms-on-a-bicycle-in-one-year-1939/
Great achievement but did not do him much good in the greater scheme of things. He was dead at 63. Shame. I wonder how much damage that kind of excess does to the body.
I would be very surprised if the physical effort had any long lasting effect on him, psychologically extremely difficult but long term damage physically, I don't buy that at all.
I think the jury is still out on "intense endurance training over many years can leave signs of "fibrosis" - scarring - on the heart".
Maybe he could have succombed earlier if he did not cycle. His genetics may not have been good.
Anyway it's a good excuse for me to take it easy.

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

1 January 2015 - 1:57pm
bigjim wrote:breakwellmz wrote:http://vintagebicycle.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/the-great-tommy-godwin-75065-miles-120805-kms-on-a-bicycle-in-one-year-1939/
Great achievement but did not do him much good in the greater scheme of things. He was dead at 63. Shame. I wonder how much damage that kind of excess does to the body.
I would be very surprised if the physical effort had any long lasting effect on him, psychologically extremely difficult but long term damage physically, I don't buy that at all.

Re: 75,065 miles in a year!

1 January 2015 - 1:53pm
this seems like a good place to see TG record in detail, looks like he was fairly well scrutinised for his mileages
http://phased.co.uk/tommy-godwin-faq/
The thing I cant seem to tally up though is how he was able to put weight on when he was having to consume in excess of 9500Kcals per day, every day and on some days in excess of 14,000kcals on his 300 mile days.

Firsty given he was a veggie and indeed his written food diary indicates very limited diet I'm finding it hard to see how he was capable of consuming such amounts to keep him going given the huge time constraints, add in all the supposed stops he was having to do for the verifications every day (finding public figures to stamp his log book) It's a very tall order.

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