Assault on the Lejog record

Ian To has just abandoned halfway through his attempt to break the Land’s End to John o’ Groats record of 44 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds, set in 2001. Ian, a 37-year-old business strategist from Wiltshire, had hoped to maintain a speed of 20mph (32kmph) for 42 hours without sleeping in order to cover the 838-mile distance.

He has impressive credentials for the attempt: in two months in 2016, Ian won the Giro Ciclistico delle Repubbliche Marinare (2,200km around Italy), Hard Cro (1,400km around Croatia) and Sverigetempot (2,200km, north to south of Sweden), according to Cycling Weekly.

Ian trains 20 to 40 hours per week, and had already racked up more than 6,000 miles this year before the start of his attempt. “Anything under 44 hours would do,” Ian told Cycling Weekly. “Ideally I’d like to do it in 42.”

Ian has competition from Michael Broadwith, a 40-year-old Math teacher from Hertfordshire. Michael also holds impressive credentials: he’s a three-time national 24-hour TT holder. Michael had planned to set out on April 30. However, the weather wasn’t cooperative at the time, and End to End 2018, a Twitter account dedicated to his attempt, says they’ll update when they’ve decided on a start date.

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2 responses to “Assault on the Lejog record”

  1. […] Michael Broadwith @24HourMaths has started his attack on the lejog record. He’s currently on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park, about 140km into the ride with […]

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