Record rides: Tommy Godwin’s 75,065 miles in a year

Perhaps one of the most incredible records ever set on two wheels, retold by Dave Barter.

Tommy Godwin mileage record
(Image credit: Dave Barter)

On January 1st 1939, Tommy Godwin set off on his bike. That year, as Europe entered into war, Godwin would embark on a record attempt that even now almost defies belief. Godwin was aiming for the cycling year record (now referred to as the Highest Annual Mileage Record) and would eventually reach 75,065 miles.

This through one of the harshest winters on record, a broken collarbone and one day off to meet with royalty.

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