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Check the Strava file of the new Land's End to John O'Groats record

Joe Robinson
22 Jun 2018

Michael Broadwith shave half an hour off of the original record with a remarkable two day ride

Earlier this week, Michael Broadwith became the fastest rider to travel from Land's End to John O'Groats by bike. He managed the feat in 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds, a time 30 minutes quicker than the existing record, which stood for 17 years.

Gethin Butler's 2001 record of 44 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds was considered by many to be an unbreakable record, given how many have tried and failed over the years since then.

However, Broadwith not only managed to reach Shap Summit in the South West of England half an hour quicker than Butler 17 years before him, but along the way the 40-year old from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire also managed to set a new record for the furthest distance covered in 24 hours, riding an incredible 507.511 miles.

This new record is pretty formidable and now you can see just what it takes to achieve this coveted record as Broadwith has posted his ride to Strava.

Entitled 'The one with the legendary wife', Broadwith had a moving time of 42 hours, 25 minutes and 6 seconds with a remarkable average speed of 31.8km/h, a speed many of us would struggle to carry over just two hours on a club ride.

See the full ride on Strava here

The Artic Tacx RT rider only afforded himself an hour of stoppage over the two day challenge, probably a key factor in his success in beating the record. 

In total 1,347.81km was covered in breaking the record with 8,756m of vertical elevation. The bulk of the climbing came after halfway with two substantial climbs in the Lake District and Cairngorms National Park.

Along the way Broadwith also grabbed seven King of the Mountains and a hatful of segment top 10s even though it's very unlikely he was actually aiming for these.

What makes the records and speed at which Broadwith rode even more incredible is the trouble he faced along the way. A neck pain plagued him through most of the ride to the extent that he was forced into propping his head aloft with one arm while resting his elbow on his bike's time trial bars.

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