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distance speed records

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by cyclebum, 18 Nov 2007.

  1. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I was talking to my father yesturday about his days cycling in his youth (he's now 79) but he told me his uncle was a champion cyclist winning a medal in the 1920's for 100 miles cycled between Liverpool to Blackpool and back.
    I could not believe the time he reckoned it took him so I googled it finding in 2005 a guy did it in 4 hours 11 mins far longer than my great uncle is supposed to have done it in so my father's memory is obviously failing him here.
    I'm intriged now to find out more though, I've googled and tried wikipedia and I keep getting more about motor bikes!!!;) Any suggestions
     
  2. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    The road record association authenticate many distance records, though Liverpool to Blackpool isn't among them. The RRA rules are for unassisted rides, so no riding in groups or slipstreaming vehicles.
    http://www.rra.org.uk/

    I suspect your fathers ride was a local record maybe organised and regulated by a local club, of which there were far more then than now. The current record for 100 miles is 3 hours 11 min.
     
  3. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks, I was begining to wonder wether it was just a club record or something. My dad claimed his uncles time was 2 hours 10 mins!!! That would really be going some
     
  4. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    It certainly would. My fastest 100 (based on finishing rather than setting a record) is 6 hours 19 mins.