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1,625km on a turbo trainer anyone?

A new Zwift distance record of 1,625km has been set by Chris ‘Hoppo’ Hopkinson. The first Briton to officially complete the Race Across America (RAAM) solo, Hopkinson attempted the record as a fundraiser for Solo RAAM 2017, where he is targeting the 50-59 age group.

Zwift is the indoor training software in which you ride a bike in an online virtual world via your turbo trainer. The previous distance record was held by Derek Boocock who rode 1,620km.

Hopkinson completed his ride a few days before Christmas and had the record confirmed by Zwift shortly after finishing.

Despite being undertaken indoors, the ride featured one crash (of Zwift) and two punctures, and with under 200km kilometres to go, Hopkinson tweeted, “knees are a bit painful but on rides like this something is going to hurt.”

After finishing a ride he only semi-jokingly described as ‘just a few base miles’ he made every effort to celebrate in appropriate fashion.

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