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Australian ultracyclist rides almost 900 kilometres for new 24-hour world record

Mitch Anderson already holds 6-hour and 12-hour outdoor circuit records

A cyclist in Australia has set a new world record for the greatest distance cycled on an outdoor track in 24 hours, after pedalling for almost 900 kilometres.

Dr Mitch Anderson’s distance of 894.35 kilometres, which is yet to be ratified by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, surpasses the distance of 890 kilometres set almost 10 years ago by the Slovenian ultracyclist, Marko Baloh.

Baloh was among those to congratulate the 42-year-old Anderson on social media after he averaged 37 kilometres an hour to beat the existing record, set in September 2008, as was pro cyclist Simon Gerrans, who judging by his hashtag isn’t tempted to have a go at it himself.

Anderson, a former professional Ironman triathlete who works as a sports doctor, undertook his record-breaking ride on a 3.25-kilometre closed circuit at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Wensleydale, Victoria, reports the South Burnett Times.

Once ratified, it will be the third UMCA timed record with Anderson’s name against it, with the Australian – who you can find here on Strava – already holding the six- and 12-hour records.

A full gallery of pictures from the day iand statistics can be found on Anderosn’s Shinbone Medical website.

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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BehindTheBikesheds | 6 years ago
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tracks/flat loops should be a different catergory to road riding, are they still amazing efforts, yeah, are they the same, most definitely not. There is a simpicity, certainty, ease of support and refuelling that makes loops/track far easier than on the roads.

SteppenHerring | 6 years ago

Put it in perspective, that's 555.7 miles. Now, Andy Wilkinson set the 24 hour record on lumpy roads in Sussex with 541.17 miles in 2011. That was impressive.

BehindTheBikesheds | 6 years ago
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I remember Drew Gin  the Australian champion rower doing 836km at 41 (An Australian record at the time), pretty special ride on a rough outdoor track and it not being his main thing. Raised AU$40k for his cancer charity 'tour de cure'.

It also shows how amazing the old records are, Roy Cromack's 507miles in 1969, that works out to 2mph or 3.25km/h slower! Roy passed away in November last year, represeted GB at the Mexico Olympics in the road race.

StantheVoice | 6 years ago

or 23 mph. Bloody hell.

For 24 hours.

And he's 42.

Bloody hell.

In awe.

Scoob_84 | 6 years ago

27.25 km/hr Ave speed!! 

Jetmans Dad replied to Scoob_84 | 6 years ago
Scoob_84 wrote:

27.25 km/hr Ave speed!! 


894.35km in 24 hours is 37.26km/h. 

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