Steven Abraham had his attempt disrupted by a crash with a moped in the spring, but he is still targeting a year record

Steven Abraham will have to cycle the distance from his Milton Keynes home to Aberdeen every day, if he is beat to Tommy Goodwin’s 1939 annual mileage record.

Abraham set out in January this year with the aim of beating Goodwin’s mileage record of 76,065 miles (120,805km) and then riding a near-seven thousand miles extra to finish with a total of 82,835 miles.

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To do so, Abraham had to ride 205 miles a day, with him far exceeding that total at times and being well up on Goodwin’s pre-World War II record that has stood for over seven decades.

But a collision with a moped in April fractured his ankle and he was forced to sit out for two weeks. Although he returned to the bike, it took him a further seven weeks to ride above 1,200 miles each week again.

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Abraham is back riding at distances approaching 200 miles and is now targeting the record of the most distance travelled in 365 days, as opposed to the most distance ridden in a calendar year.

If, however, he was still to target Goodwin’s record, then he would need to average more than 490 miles each day for the remaining 34 days of 2015; he is more than 16,500 miles shy of Goodwin’s mileage.

You can follow him on Strava, Twitter and on his website.

  • Ciaran Carroll

    Steven Abraham has cycled 95,000km since the 1st of January. According to strava Kurt Searvogel has completed 110,000km in the same period of time. Both stats are based on the riders yearly stats.

  • The Awakening

    RE: “But a collision with a moped in April fractured his ankle and he was forced to sit out for two weeks. Although he returned to the bike, it took him a further seven weeks to ride above 1,200 miles each week again.”

    How many people/riders would have carried on after that? Let alone even start this attempt on a record, that is truly daunting?

    During this 2015 cycling season there has been all this raz-ma-taz for the various one day classics, the tours, the Worlds, races on the tracks, all the national Championship events. It has been easy to forget this audacious record attempt…

    For many, the racing season has ended, time to wind down and chill out, put your feet up read Cycling Weekly online and there is this article about Steven Abraham…

    “Crikey! Is that Steve still going?”
    “What still 200+ miles a day?”
    “You mean a broken ankle didn’t stop the attempt?”

    Truly mind blowing effort by Steven Abraham, who deserves all the accolades he receives.

  • J1

    The 365 days record?

  • Ciaran Carroll

    Abraham is set to beat the record, but is going to lose it immediately to Kurt Searvogel who is a considerable distance ahead of Steven Abraham, unlucky timing + crash but still an incredible feat.