South Yorkshire cyclist attempts record-breaking 3,000km challenge

Richard Nutt, from Rotherham, plans to ride the furthest distance ever covered in seven days

A south Yorkshire father-of-four will set out on June 1 to break the world record for the longest distance ever ridden in a week.

Richard Nutt, an experienced road racer, finished in fifth place (opens in new tab) in last year's Strava June Monthly Training Series Challenge, clocking a highly impressive 6,352.5km over the month.

And he has now turned his attention to the world seven-day record, which former elite racer Dave Berkeley set at 2,825km in the course of finishing third in that same challenge.

Richard, a member of Dinnington Racing Club who runs his own business, is looking to become the first person to cover 3,000km on a bike over the course of a seven-day period.

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He will be raising money for three different charities close to his heart - Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Headway Brain Injury Association and CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The route for the event, which is sponsored by Wakefield-based electrical wholesaler YESSS Electrical, will take Richard through various locations in the north of England including Newark-on-Trent, Maltby and Retford, with a morning and evening circuit through Clarborough, Mattersey and Barnby Moor.

He said: "I'm so excited to be undertaking this 3,000km challenge, although it will be an extreme test of endurance.

"When I need a boost during the week, I'll be turning my mind to the incredibly worthwhile charities that I've chosen to support during this adventure."

To donate, visit his fundraising page by clicking here (opens in new tab).

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.