London-based cyclist can carry on riding – but Ultramarathon Cycling Association won’t certify it… The Ultramarathon Cycling Association (UMCA) says it has disqualified London-based bike mechanic Bruce Berkeley’s attempt to set a record for the greatest distance cycled in a year for non-compliance with its rules.
The organisation says it agreed to become the certifying body for the record, which it terms the Highest Annual Mileage Record (HAM’R) “in response to requests from the ultracycling community … as no other body was willing to take on this record.”
Berkeley is the current holder of the Guinness World Records for the greatest distances ridden in a week and in a month, but that body does not recognise an annual distance record because it considers it too dangerous to attempt.
With the USA’s Kurt Searvogel joining Great Britain’s Steve Abraham 12 months ago in setting out to try and beat the ‘unbreakable’ Year record of 75,065 miles set by Tommy Godwin in 1939, the UMCA agreed to set the rules for the challenge (link is external) and certify the record to guarantee transparency.
When Berkeley said last year he was attempting the year record during 2016, no reference was made to the UMCA or […]