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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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.