Little sleep, pace partners and Haribo. How Ross Duncan rode 5,000 miles in one month

Ross Duncan set himself the challenge of riding 5,000 miles in January, eventually hitting the target with minutes to spare.

CW5000 Ross Duncan
(Image credit: Future James Robertson)

It’s ten to midnight on a Monday night when Ross Duncan finally steps off his bike. He hasn’t slept since Sunday morning and since Saturday morning has ridden 952 miles on Zwift

“I was commuting to work on Friday and doing the maths in my head, thinking; ‘right, I’ve got Saturday and Sunday then I have to work on Monday, and I’ve got so many kilometres to do.’”

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.