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STATS & FACTS FEATURE ❘ STAR INTERVIEW


Currently there are around 100% more bikes in the world than cars.


The fastest speed a person has ever gone on a bike is 167.043 miles per hour.


3 hours of riding per week reduces the risk of heart disease or stroke by 50%


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I’ve liked the idea of it ever since I heard about it when I was probably about 15 years old on a CTC Herts DA club run, eating cakes at a church hall in Braughing, Hertfordshire. I was already keen on doing long bike rides even then. After what I’ve done in Audax it just seems to be the logical next step and now it doesn’t make sense not to try. Otherwise I’ll never know for sure what I can do.


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What has your training consisted of?


Very little. For the last month or so I’m spending all my time getting ready and am only getting out on the bike to go shopping and post letters etc. I have been riding a few Audax events this year including the hardest 3 600km (372


teven Abraham from Milton Keynes will spend the whole of 2015 trying to break the record for the most miles ridden in a year. The record currently stands at 75,065 miles set by Tommy Godwin in 1939. In order to achieve this unbelievable target Steven must cycle on average 205 miles a day. Our editor (Scot Whitlock) spoke with Steven just prior to his departure on the 1st January 2015.


Why?


mile) Audax events on the calendar and a pretty tough 1000km (620 mile) event which went all over the Welsh mountains. I also finished work one Friday and rode 100 miles to Chepstow for a 400km (250 mile)hilly Audax ride in Wales the following day. Then immediately after finishing the 400km Audax, rode overnight and into the next day from Chepstow down to Poole in Dorset for an even hillier 400km (250 mile) event starting at 2pm that same day. This was on a bank holiday weekend and by the time I finished the last 400km event around Wessex, I didn’t have enough time to ride home afterwards, so had to catch a train. There are also the two 24 hour time trials I rode.


They are just the highlights, there have been other rides, but it’s been a quiet year for me. I would call those rides preparation more than training to be honest. I started using a heart rate monitor on those rides so that I could get some idea of how to pace myself for 2015. I was also using those rides to test equipment to be used.


It’ll be more a case of me getting fitter as the year goes on and the weather improves. From test rides I did two years ago, I know I can’t maintain 220 miles a day for a week with my winter (lack of) fitness but that would be pretty easy in summer.


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