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Chris Hopkinson breaks NINE world records – in 24 hours

Darlington rider rewrites the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association's record books...

British ultracyclist Chris Hopkinson has broken nine world records in just 24 hours.

All of the records fell into the 50-59 age group category of outdoor track records ratified by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association.

Hopkinson, the first British rider to complete the Race Across America solo – he’s finished it on three other occasions since – undertook his record-breaking ride at the velodrome at Quibell Park in Scunthorpe.

He’d been aiming to set 11 world records, but a torn bicep around 19 hours in meant he was unable to complete the 500 miles and 24 hours records he had been aiming for to complete the set of 11.

We’ll have more on this story tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are the nine existing records that he broke.

100 kilometres (3 hours, 53 seconds)

100 miles (4 hours, 36 minutes, 25 seconds)

200 kilometres (six hours, 11 minutes, 7 seconds)

120.77 miles (6 hours)

200 miles (9 hours, 30 minutes, 22 seconds)

300 kilometres (9 hours, 24 minutes, 53 seconds)

300 miles (15 hours, 37 minutes, 53 seconds)

248.285 miles (12 hours)

500 kilometres (16 hours, 13 minutes, 8 seconds).

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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