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The Year Record

There are 3 people hoping to challenge for Tommy Godwin’s 75-year-old 75,065 mile year record. To beat TG they need to average about 206 miles a day, every day for a year.

The challengers are: Kurt “Tarzan” Searvogel (USA), William “IronOx” Pruett (USA) and Steven “Steve” Abraham (UK). It’s probably my British reserve, but I’m inclined to dismiss anyone with gratuitous nicknames but that wouldn’t make for good competition so I’ll allow them. Well, I’ll allow Kurt. William doesn’t seem to be a genuine contender and although you might refer to the old Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare – there is going to be a point when the part-time tortoise just wont have the time to catch up with the full-time hares (no matter how many naps they take (if any)). Will has only completed about 1000 miles more than me this year – I just can’t see him doing it.

There are a lot of people beating Kurt up about his lack of climbing compared to Steve, but if you’re offered favourable terrain then why not take it? Would anyone going for a world record choose to make it harder for themselves? Being a Brit I’m keen to keep the record in Britain but if Kurt has what it takes to beat Steve then so be it. If you are going to beast Kurt at least base your attacks on accurate information – have a look below.

Steve started on the 1st of January in the depths of our (UK’s) Winter so will have the Summer to increase mileage in the (hopefully) more favourable conditions, but will be finishing in Winter. I’m no Floridian expert but from what I gather they don’t really have 4 seasons as we see it, but while the conditions may generally more favourably the extremes of the weather can be much worse – not to mention how the turtle nesting season will impact on his mileage. Kurt started on the 10th January 2015 so has 9 days in hand over Steve.



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