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Bruce Berkeley says Guinness World Records certifying his year record attempt

London-based Kiwi was disqualified this week by UMCA under its rules

London-based cyclist Bruce Berkeley says that his attempt to ride further than anyone has ever managed in a year will be certified by Guinness World Records.

Earlier this week, the New Zealander was disqualified by the Ultramarathon Cycling Association (UMCA) from attempting the record under its rules because despite it approaching him, he had failed to comply with its requirements.

While Berkeley’s initial announcement of his attempt on the record last year made no mention of Guinness World Records being the certifying body, he told on Monday that it would be monitoring his efforts.

“To clarify, this year I am aiming for a Guinness World Record for greatest distance cycled in a year,” he said.

“This is being organised and recognised officially through Guinness and not through UMCA. I will continue to follow the guidelines as stipulated by Guinness during this challenge.

He added: “This is not to detract from anyone else who is attempting the challenge through different organisations and I wish everybody else luck with their endeavours.”

Earlier this month, under UMCA rules, the American Kurt Searvogel surpassed the 75,065 miles that British rider Tommy Godwin rode in 1939, a record long considered unbreakable.

Another Briton, Steve Abraham, relaunched his challenge in August after his initial attempt, which began last January, was curtailed when he broke his ankle after a moped rider knocked him off his bike. His attempt is also under UMCA rules.

There is a widespread misconception – and we will hold our hands up and acknowledge that it is one that we at have on occasion repeated – that Guinness World Records would not recognise a fresh attempt on Godwin’s record because of the physical demands involved.

But as Abraham says in this post on his website, that is a “myth.”

Berkeley is already a holder of two Guinness World Records – for the greatest distances cycled in a week and in a month, set respectively in 2014 and 2015 [Ed - these have never been ratified by Guinness World Records, and we apologise for incorrectly stating they had been; see our subsequent coverage here].

Currently, he is in Australia benefiting from the Antipodean summer, and will head back to the UK in April to continue his attempt and has ridden 4,258 miles so far in January, according to Strava.

We have spoken to Guinness World Records to seek confirmation that they are indeed certifying Berkeley’s record attempt with effect from 1 January 2016, and will update this story once we have their response.

Both Guinness World Records and the UMCA have stringent rules in place for verifying records, but it could be that we are heading for a situation similar to boxing where there will be different holders of the title of the year record holder, depending which body you look at.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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