He did it! On January 9th Kurt Searvogel (Tarzan) set a new world’s record for the most miles ridden in a day. He rode 76,076 mile over a 365 day period breaking Tommy Godwin’s 78-year-old record by 1,000 miles. I have enjoyed following the trials and tribulations of Kurt and his wife Alicia this year.
This whole “most miles in a year” thing simply blows my mind. Tommy Godwin’s 1939 record was described as an “unbreakable record”. Riding 75,065 miles in a single year meant Tommy averaged 206 miles every day for a year. Every day! This feat even added a new word to the cyclists’ lexicon. In ultra racing the word is known as a “Godwin” meaning a distance of 206 miles. Well, it looks like there is a new word needed in the ultra racing community. This would be a “Tarzan”. This is Tarzan’s daily average over the year. To earn a “Tarzan” one simply has to ride 208 miles in one session.
So is this year’s mileage thing over for another 78 years. Not hardly. Even as we speak Steve Abraham of Great Britain is out there every day with a plan to break Kurt’s record. Yes, this is the same Steve who was hit by a moped breaking his ankle and realistically ending his first attempt at the record. He restarted the challenge on 8 August and is giving it another spirited attempt. His goal is to beat Kurt by over a 1000 miles. Then there’s Bruce Berkeley, a Kiwi who started the challenge on January 1. Steve is another capable rider who has an impressive long distance palmares. Time will tell if they can hold up day after day. But right now Kurt s the undisputed King of the jungle and Team Tarzan deserves a grand toast!