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New Strava target for New Forest - as cyclist creates massive 'bicycle' segment

Who will take the lead on 301km segment?

Fancy a big bike ride in the New Forest? Strava user David Taylor has set a new mark with a 301km, 12-hour challenge that takes in a large swathe of the forest and the countryside to the North of Poole and Bournemouth.

The big bike segment was part of Taylor's Tommy Godwin Challenge ride on September 20. The idea is to cover in a day 1/365th of Tommy Godwin's 1939 record of 75,065 miles in a year. That's just under 206 miles; Taylor's 341.5km ride is 212 mile, and included over 2.000m of climbing.

He took 13:02:03 for the full 341km, and 11:26:31 for the 301km segment he's drawn up as a challenge.

Taylor says he had to amend the route as he went along, as a result of a getting a bit navigationally challenged on the way. But as you can see, his route still looks like it's supposed to:

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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