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James Bowthorpe kicks off RAAM attempt with 24hr roller session + talk

Long-distance rider heading to the states in 2012, but for now he's putting himself in the shop window...

Cast your mind back to the London Bike Show in January and you may recall we spoke to everyone's favourite ginger-bearded long distance specialist James Bowthorpe about his plans to ride the RAAM this year. Well he's still going to ride but the date's gone back a year, to 2012. And to mark the year-to-go point in his training he's going to be riding for 24 hours straight in the window of Look Mum No Hands. And then doing a talk. Assuming he can still talk.

James is aiming to ride 300 miles in 24 hours, starting at 7.30pm on Weds 15 June. To put the challenge of the RAAM into perspective, you'd need to do that ten times in a row, with four hours' sleep between each ride, to even finish within the time limit of 12 days. The record time is a scarcely believable 8:03:11, set by Rob Kish in 1992. The RAAM seems like madness to most people but James is relishing the challenge, and he reckons he'll be fresh enough after his window stint to do a presentation on his plans for the year, which include training for the Paris-Brest-Paris, several non-stop MTB rides and a Hudson River adventure. It's bound to be an interesting evening so worth getting along to if you're in the area.

James will be riding a Qoroz road bike on a specially adapted Rollapaluza rig, with a giant LED display to show the time and distance elapsed. If you're passing, get on down and cheer him on. He'll need all the encouragement he can get!

Look Mum No Hands! 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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