Meet the 121,000km man - video

Bruce Berkeley is cycling 330km every day of 2016. We find out why

The world's toughest cycling record

It's the world's oldest, toughest cycling record: set by Tommy Godwin in 1939, the greatest distance covered by a cyclist in a year still stands at 120,805km/75,065 miles.

But all that could be about to change. Bruce Berkeley, a New Zealand-born bike mechanic based in southwest London, is one of a few current challengers taking on the record. Every day of 2016, he will need to cycle just shy of 330km – which will see him cover 121,000km in total. And he'll be recording every pedal stroke on Strava (you can follow him here).

Related: The world's 'oldest, toughest' cycling record is under threat

In this video, Bruce takes us through the logistics and the kit that will make the attempt possible, and he answers the biggest question: why would someone put themselves through such an ordeal in the first place?

Bruce will be blogging exclusively for BikeRadar throughout his record attempt, so stay tuned for more.

Will Findlater

Global Editor-in-Chief
Will has been cycling for as long as he can remember. Starting with a Raleigh Bullet, his enthusiasm for bikes blossomed some time maround 1992 as he discovered MBUK, the North Downs and the GT Triple Triangle. He still loves trails, but city living and the RideLondon 100 turned him on to road riding. Few things make him happier than cresting Box Hill on a dewy September morning, although new technologies and new materials come close - Will is an avowed geek having worked on Stuff magazine for 11 years.
  • Discipline: Road, cross-country, trail
  • Preferred Terrain: Rolling hills laced with perfect tarmac. And rolling hills laced with perfect berms.
  • Current Bikes: Avanti Quantum 2, On-One Scandal
  • Dream Bike: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 LTD
  • Beer of Choice: Surprise me
  • Location: London, UK

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