Entering the record books: Taking on a long-distance solo record

Can a decent club-level rider pedal themselves into the prestigious Road Records Association record books? We sent Richard Abraham to find out

(Image credit: chris catchpole)

This story originally appeared in Cycling Weekly’s print edition.

This isn’t a story about breaking a record. First of all, we didn’t know whether I had managed to do so until a couple of months after the attempt. And, what’s more, memory has condensed five hours and three minutes of cycling through beautiful Welsh hills and not-so-beautiful Welsh dual carriageway into nothing more than minuscule photographic snippets.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.