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Rider gets close to riding 1,000km in 24 hours on Zwift

Ed Veal sets new Zwift record, raising $30,000 for charity in the process

Joe Robinson
7 Nov 2019

One Canadian cyclist has set a new Zwift distance record, riding close to 1,000km in a 24-hour period. Ed Veal managed to cover an impressive 952.6km in one turbo trainer rider across 24 hours as part of a charity drive for software company Splunk.

The 43-year-old from Ontario completed the feat at Splunk's 2019 conference and helped raise $30,000 (£23,000) for cycling advocacy group People for Bikes.

Veal - who rode in Trek-Segafredo, Splunk-sponsored kit - was a former track rider who represented Canada in the team pursuit at the 2016 track cycling World Championships.

Posting his ride to Strava, Veal averaged 221w for the 24-hour ride with an average speed of 25.4mph around the Watopia course.

According to the app, Veal also burned 17,678 calories and maintained an average cadence of 76rpm.

Talking after completing the record, Veal said: 'Finishing was hands down one of the best moments of my life. I mean, of course, your body is exhausted at that point, but the adrenaline from accomplishing this goal, along with all the cheers and support from the crowd, I felt great.

'The first eight hours were really fantastic. I felt great, we were at pace, and I was getting good breaks in. Somewhere around the eight to 12-hour mark my stomach turned and the idea of eating became really unappealing. 24 hours was extremely challenging, but I honestly really enjoyed it'

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