What’s the longest distance you’ve ever ridden on a mountain bike on an off-road trail?
For the United Kingdom’s Dave Buchanan that distance is 571 km (354.8 miles) in 48 hours setting a new world record! Dave covered over 354 miles between Cardiff and Caernarfon, UK in 48 hours on a mountain bike cycling an off-road trail which breaks the world record for the “longest distance on a mountain bike in 48 hours”, according to the World Records Academy.
The Guinness World Record for the greatest distance cycled solo and unpaced in 24 hours was 903.76 km (561.57 miles) by Marko Baloh of Slovenia at the Montichiari Velodrome in Brescia, Italy.
Dave had the option of setting the record on an athletics track, but he chose to use his own route across Wales which was 70% off-road.
It was the latest physical challenge for Dave who has been through his own set of challenges during his life. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1993 and underwent six months of chemotherapy. After two years of planning, Dave said going off-road was key to helping him overcome his tiredness during his journey.
“The fact that you have to concentrate so intently on the trail does actually keep you awake,” he said. “It could have been completed on an athletics track but I don’t think my mental fortitude would have lasted that long.”
So, we ask, what is the longest distance you have ever ridden on a mountain bike?