The Road Records Association oversees point-to-point cycling records in the UK; some of you may have read about Jon Schubert's sub 3hr 100 miles in November last year
Previously shared with the TT WhatsApp group here's a link to interviews with loads of record holders LEJOG, Coast-to-Coast, To/From London, York etc both current and previous by by Mike Broadwith (LEJOG RRA record holder) for your entertainment during this latest hiatus
Post by David Joss Buckley on Jan 7, 2021 11:19:05 GMT
Interesting piece, Sam. Thanks for posting. I've attached photos and a press release the club put out in 2010, when club-member-at-the-time Alex Kirk attempted the London-Bath-London, out and back along the old A4. A group of us supported him on that day (mainly handing up bottles at various points between Hyde Park Corner and Bath!) He came very close to beating John Woodburn's time of 9:03:07 which was set in 1981 and still stands. John was there to greet Alex when he finished his attempt and was gracious enough to suggest that conditions in 1981 were much easier: far less traffic, fewer roundabouts, not so much road furniture. To validate the attempt, the car that followed Alex contained a member of the RRA who oversaw the whole thing. We were not allowed to encourage him by shouting or cheering (!) and could only be visible at the official feed / bottle points. It was a valiant effort on Alex's part but the record is still there to beat... anyone?
Incidentally, the women's record for the L-B-L of 10:41:22 still stands... set in 1952 by the legendary Eileen Sheridan.