Strava long-distance struggle ends for Richard Nutt

Fifth place for Richard Nutt in Strava's worldwide league table for the furthest distance cycled in June

Richard Nutt, who we’ve been following all month in his attempt to lead the world in the Strava June Monthly Training Series Challenge, ended in fifth place out of 142,720 participants with 6352.5 kilometres ridden in 30 days.

The winner was Canada’s Dave Pecuch with 7565 kilometres, an average of just over 253 kilometres per day for 30 days, which is a staggering, literally, performance. Adam G of Fort Collins, Colorado was second and British former elite racer, Dave Berkeley took third with 6672.3 kilometres.

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Berkeley was well up in the first ten all through the challenge, but his world record for the most kilometres ridden in a single week cannoned him up the overall standings towards the end. Berkeley rode 2825 kilometres in a single week, setting a new world best at just over 403.5 kilometres per day.

Berkeley did nothing but eat ride and sleep during his record attempt, but Nutt worked full time for most of the month, only allowing himself a couple of Thursdays off in the final two weeks to put in really big days. That, along with Sundays, and doing two rides every day, starting at 3.30am towards the end, saw him ride 2463 kilometres further than last year.

Nutt said: “The challenge has been exhausting, especially since I’ve still been running my shop. I’ve had some great support from local cyclists, not only from groups but individuals, such as Al Heighton, Andy Birdsall, Andrew Marsh and Cameron Reilly who did long with me. Above all though, I’ve enjoyed it.”