Alice Lethbridge rode 285.65 miles earlier this month to beat one of cycling's longest-standing records...

Beryl Burton's women's 12-hour time trial record, which when it was set in 1967 was the furthest distance ridden at such an event by any cyclist, male or female, has been beaten after half a century. 

Alice Lethbridge of the Drag2Zero team rode 285.65 miles at the Eastern Counties Cycling Association 12-hour Championship on Sunday 13 August.

That was a little over 8 miles more than the 277.25 miles that Burton, whom many consider to be the UK's greatest ever cyclist, rode in 1967 - a distance that wouldn't be beaten by a male cyclist for more than two years.

 Burton, from Morley near leads, won 122 national titles during her career, as well as seven world titles.

She was appointed MBE in 1964 and OBE four years later, and died ib 1996 at the age of 58.

Only nine men bettered Lethbridge's distance over the E2/12h course the Sunday before last, with the furthest set by Richard Bideau of Pendle Forest CC, who rode 312 miles in the 12 hours.

Official results have not yet been posted with the final distances achieved by some riders yet to be ratified by the ECCA, but Lethbridge, a schoolteacher by profession, told road.cc that her distance had been confirmed by the association's secretary.

It was the first time she had attempted a 12-hour time trial, and in this blog post for road.cc, she talks us through the day she broke one of cycling's longest-standing and most iconic records.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.