James Bowthorpe rides 670 kilometres in 24 hours - and goes nowhere!

Round-the-world cyclist kicks off his 2012 RAAM campaign with 24-hour static ride in London

by Simon_MacMichael   June 16, 2011  

James Bowthorpe at Look Mum No Hands - picture credit TR McGowran.jpg

You may recall our story from a week or so ago talking about round-the-world cyclist James Bowthorpe planning on spending 24 hours riding a Rollapaluza rig in the window of London cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands!

Well, not only did James meet the challenge of riding around the clock in full view of the good denizens of London's Old Street - as well as our man TR armed with his trusty camera - but he also racked up an incredible 670 kilometres while he was doing it.

Tha's more than 400 miles. It's equivalent to three longish stages of the Tour de France. In a comparison that James would perhaps appreciate more than most of us, it's around a sixtieth of the circumference of the earth.

Commenting on his feat afterwards James said: "I can't take all the credit for this because only a small part of me actually enjoyed it, the other part of me thinks I'm an idiot. And a show off."

And after all that he still had the energy to give a talk about his adventures after finishing his 24-hour stint in the saddle earlier this evening.

Chapeau to James, and we look forward to covering his build-up to RAAM in the year ahead.


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Chapeau doesn't do it justice, incredible effort, the very best of luck with RAAM. I take it he's qualifying at Goodwood?


posted by stewieatb [299 posts]
17th June 2011 - 0:04


JB is following others to RAAM !

The others i am referring to are the "Austrian Vorarlberg Handbike Team" who some years ago completed the RAAM in a relay style event !

By going to www.parrabuddy.blogspot.com you can sign up to win some Continental "goodies" and help Para Athletes to win at London 2012 Para Games !

Did a 24hr on the Taxc in 1998 at Solden World Ski event so know how hard this was for JB and i had to change shirts each 1/2hr to keep confortable as the sweat was rolling off me . With people walking through the Solden Tourist Office more than 1000 euros was collected for Behinderten Sport .

BE IN IT TO WIN and help the Para Athlete of your choice !

Skippy(advocate for "Disabled / Para Sport")@skippydetour. blogging as skippi-cyclist.blogspot & Parrabuddy.blogspot currently on the road with ProTour Grand Tour Events .

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posted by skippy [409 posts]
18th June 2011 - 10:58