UMCA & Guiness Book of World Records - Highest Annual Mileage Record
On January 10th, 2015 Kurt Searvogel set out with his one women crew Alicia to break the breakable record. For 76 years the mark of 75065 miles had stood. On January 4th, 2016 Kurt broke the old record, he continued to ride for 5 more days to set the new record of 76076 miles!
In 1911, a weekly cycling magazine began a competition for the greatest mileage cycled in a single year, with the first record established at 34,666 miles by Marcel Plaines. And that record stood until the 1930's when the record was broken six times in quick succession until the record stood at 62,657 miles, with the record being held by an Australian. So, three English cyclists set out to reclaim the record for the mother country. They all started riding on January 1, 1939 to see who could log the most mileage in one full year. One of them crashed soon thereafter and the race was now between Bernard Bennett and Tommy Godwin. Before two months were up, Godwin was almost 1,000 miles behind the record pace, so he started increasing his daily mileage. Bennett was left in the dust when Godwin enlisted the support of his Raleigh team for pacing all thru the summer. Godwin was a vegetarian who ate simple diet of bread, eggs, milk, and cheese. By October 26, Godwin broke the record set by the Australian. But he did not stop there. He continued riding until December 31, amassing an unbelievable mileage total of 75,065 miles in one year.
Note: The record by Godwin was never officially certified by any sanctioning body, though Guinness Book of World Records did offer belated recognition of Godwin's remarkable achievement.