The loneliness of the long distance cyclist

What’s it like to follow the world’s longest non-stop bike race? You can get a good feel for it in this 13-minute time-lapse video, shot from the dashboard of Chris Hopkinson’s support vehicle during the Race Across America.

Shooting the video - which comprises a shot every 60 seconds - used two GoPro cameras, as the blistering desert heat cooked one of them.

Hopkinson took 12 days to complete the race so this is very roughly one day per minute.

We especially like the sunrises. and we imagine that after riding right through the night, Chris Hopkinson did too.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.


themartincox [553 posts] 4 years ago

thumbs up on this one!  16