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!
You hear it everywhere. “Tubeless tires are simply too hard to mount and don’t hold the air once mounted.” This is a myth and deserves four Pinocchios. But what can you do to to dispel the outright “pants on fire” lie? Here it is — the science is finally settled. Here’s a video of a tubeless road tire being mounted on a rim from start to finish by a novice. This uncut raw video finally puts the naysayers in their place. After all, if I can do it, anyone can.
The new year is going to see some major changes to Team Moose. We have already started it off by giving Moose a face lift. I believe the new look adds some sophistication by combining speed and style. The redesigned saddle blanket featuring incremental stripes and the Cruzbike logo has him totally in sync with his cousin, the soon to be fielded 2016 V20 Cruzbike Vendetta. Stay tuned more to come.
2016 Team Moose saddle blanket
Ok, Team Moose is not really in Seattle but that title is too good to pass up. However, we are tubeless and darn proud of it. It has been almost a year since I wrote this about Tubeless tires. It is time for an update. Continue reading
The Nut Roll, Pecan City Pedalers, Albany, Georgia.
I woke up at 5 am to make the hour and a half drive drive to Albany. Saturday was the 12th annual Nut Roll bike ride and a ride I rarely miss. It was raining when I left the house and it rained the entire way to Albany. This didn’t matter to me. I brought my rain gear and planned to ride the Century anyway. Upon arriving at Chehaw Park the start of the ride the parking attendants promptly placed me in the middle of a mud hole. No matter, I just moved much to their disliking. Walking towards the registration area I noticed no one was smiling. Once there I noticed there were only a few riders at the pre-registration table. There were no riders at the ride day sign-up table. In fact the staff at this table looked very, very lonely. That’s when it hit me. All these unhappy faces are here because they already paid. I rarely do early registration. I forgo the T-shirts and lower prices of early registration because of situations just like today. But yet there I stood about to pay the premium price for the privilege of riding in unfavorable conditions. What was wrong with this picture? It didn’t take long. An unsuccessful scan of the area for my riding buddies and I hopped in the car and had a nice drive home. I’m not sure if I’m getting smarter or simply getting soft. Probably the latter but I sure enjoyed the ride home. Hope those who braved the rain had a good ride. I’ll try again next year.
Problems? What problems? PBP 2015.
Moose and I are home and cruising the back forty once again. It seems like nothing has changed, but the reality is a lot has changed. The last two weeks have been bittersweet. Over the span of a couple of days, four years of training, planning, and general PBP scheming all came to an end much too fast. Twenty-fifteen is now history and twenty-nineteen seems like a time well beyond my reach. I entered this year’s ride taking PBP for granted. Continue reading
Everyone’s gone home and PBP 2015 is through leaving nothing but memories behind. It was good times and it was bad times but wow what an event! It will take a few days but I’ll post up soon.