In the early hours of tomorrow morning, when many of us will still be up seeing in the New Year, Steve Abraham will set out on his first ride of 2015, which he hopes will end with him taking Tommy Godwin’s ‘unbreakable’ Year record – and he’s calling on people to come and cheer him on his way.
There will be a slightly later official start at 10am on the old Stoke Road north of Stoke Hammond if you'd like to go and show your support - there's a map here.
Abraham, from Milton Keynes, is aiming to exceed the 75,065 miles that Godwin rode in 1939 – an average of 205 miles every single day of the year, with the winter months seeing him undertake shorter rides, while the longer evenings in the summer will enable him to put in some serious mileage.
He will already have begun eating into Godwin’s mileage by 10am, when he takes to the start of the New Year’s Day 10 time trial organised by his club, North Bucks RC on the old Stoke Road north of Stoke Hammond, and it’s hoped he’ll get a rousing send-off there.
His record attempt will be validated by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, which also runs the annual Race Across America, while Chris ‘Hoppo’ Hopkinson, will act as his official crew chief.
A number of people have already volunteered to help Abraham in his endeavour, which the rider, one of the leading lights of the Audax UK scene, has billed as a One Year Time Trial. More are still needed, and you can sign up here.
He’s also taking a year off work to undertake the exploit, and while it will be part-financed through his savings and he has the backing of sponsors, donations to help him meet living expenses are appreciated and can be made here.
Sponsors include Raleigh – which supplied the bikes, 75 years ago, for Godwin’s record ride – Carradice, Schwalbe, Chapeau, Brooks, Garmin and Milltag.
Ahead of 2015 starting, Abraham will appear in an interview on Channel 4 News this evening at 7.30pm when he will speak about his attempt on Godwin’s record.
We’re sure all road.cc users will join us in wishing him the very best of luck in the 12 months ahead.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.