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Oranj

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New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« on: October 28, 2015, 08:59:49 pm »
Watching the GCN Show this evening, there's a short section about Kurt's marriage, and also an announcement that Bruce Berkeley will start a OYTT on 1 January 2016 [https://youtu.be/M3UHN6HUmcc?t=645]. He's otherwise know as Cycle_dr 1 on Strava and has got some previous form, having set a "Guinness record" for the number of miles ridden in a month (http://road.cc/content/news/141773-bruce-berkeley-rides-nearly-10000km-january-set-new-guinness-world-record) (It which didn't actually beat Tommy Godwin's best month and was later surpassed by Kurt anyway, but a good effort nevertheless. I'm guessing Tommy didn't bother to register for a Guinness record month  ;) ). He's often near the top of Strava Challenge leaderboards.

Although illness cut short his attempt on the LEJOG-JOGLE record this summer, I would reckon him to be a serious contender if he can build up a decent support network (I got the impression that his month record was largely self-supported, ridden in the heat of an Australian summer).

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2015, 09:31:08 pm »
Here's wishing Bruce very well for his attempt!

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2015, 10:14:48 am »
Crikey. This is becoming almost as popular as the Hour Record.

Looking forward to following the new contender's progress...
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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2015, 10:32:55 am »
Hope he consulted Jo first to see if he was prepared to extend his services for another 4 months!

marcusjb

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2015, 10:46:29 am »
A strong contender for sure.  Fast and furious - his big monthly totals often come with average speeds of 28-30kph, so his attempt will probably be more in line with Kurt's than Steve's.  He regularly rides with other strong and fast riders, so he may not be short of pacers.

I remember much if not all of his biggest month was done back in Oz.  I wonder if he will be spending some time over there in (our) winter etc. 

I wonder how many laps of Richmond Park he will do in the year?  (he seems to do quite a number of laps every single day!).

Good luck to him.

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Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2015, 10:50:41 am »
I've often seen him mentioned/listed on the monthly mileage logs on Strava.  A big hitter.  I suspect he'll do well, subject to the usual caveats about weather and injury.

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2015, 12:03:41 pm »
First noticed his Strava feed at the beginning of the year in the MTS January or February challenge.

Clearly a strong contender.

Strange how TG's record could sit uncontested for so long, yet now it seems to be as popular as it was in the 1930s

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2015, 12:33:18 pm »
Back when he was attempting the monthly mileage record, I seem to remember reading that he used to be an elite roadie. If that's right then he'll certainly have the fitness to give this a great go (though as we've learnt, this is about much more than fitness)!

Hillbilly

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2015, 01:15:05 pm »
I find it interesting that all of the contenders announced to date all hail from English speaking countries.  This despite the attempts being followed by non-English speaking cyclists (presumably even more niche than in the UK though).

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2015, 01:55:22 pm »
I find it interesting that all of the contenders announced to date all hail from English speaking countries.  This despite the attempts being followed by non-English speaking cyclists (presumably even more niche than in the UK though).

Different countries have different cycling cultures.  The UK has a strong history of time trialists, whereas the continent was the place where road racers always came from (till recently).

Both Oz and the UK contested this record back in the day.  Maybe our progenitors handed something down in the genes, or maybe it's something in the water.

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2015, 03:11:51 pm »
best of luck to Bruce! looks like he will be using sensible gear that will make munching miles a tad easier

fboab

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2015, 04:38:48 pm »
I'm happy to see he knows the importance of coordinated socks.
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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2015, 05:14:11 pm »
Crikey. This is becoming almost as popular as the Hour Record.

It's really just 8,760 of them, one after the other.
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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2015, 05:38:53 pm »
It looks like Strava want to keep their hamster wheel occupied.

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2015, 05:44:07 pm »
Best of luck to him!  Anybody here ridden with him?
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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2015, 09:12:11 am »
With Teethginders continuation into 2016, the lady record challenge and now Bruce, the appendix to the year record book might have to wait.

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2015, 01:02:10 pm »
With Teethginders continuation into 2016, the lady record challenge and now Bruce, the appendix to the year record book might have to wait.

You know those crofter stews that have been continuously added to over many years .....

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2015, 03:39:57 pm »
Now this is exciting!  ;D

Best of luck Bruce!  :thumbsup:
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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2015, 06:44:41 am »
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Strange how TG's record could sit uncontested for so long, yet now it seems to be as popular as it was in the 1930s
Whether or not he eventually goes on to break the record (and I sincerely hope he does) it's Steve Abraham who can take the credit for that.

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2015, 08:16:08 am »
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Strange how TG's record could sit uncontested for so long, yet now it seems to be as popular as it was in the 1930s
Whether or not he eventually goes on to break the record (and I sincerely hope he does) it's Steve Abraham who can take the credit for that.

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2015, 09:51:14 am »
from his Strava ride yesterday

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Another ride = another bloody bike wash! 4 weeks and it'll be dry roads again ;-

to which someone in NSW wrote during with rain here brucey

which would suggest he's off to Aus

citoyen

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2015, 03:53:13 pm »
I remember much if not all of his biggest month was done back in Oz.  I wonder if he will be spending some time over there in (our) winter etc. 

According to the press release I received from Canyon today, he'll be starting the year in Australia then coming back to the UK in April.

He's aiming for an average riding speed of 29kmh and the bikes he'll be riding are the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and Aeroad CF SLX. It's clear that Canyon are right behind him and will be giving him plenty of support - good marketing exercise for them, good backup for him. Looks like he will be a serious contender.

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2015, 04:03:56 pm »
if he's coming to uk in april it would be good to ride along every now and then, especially if he spends some time in his favourite richmond park.

Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2015, 04:13:31 pm »
He certainly seems to be well plugged into social media - should be fun to watch.  Anyone know the age bracket he'll be riding in?

Hillbilly

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Re: New challenger - Bruce Berkeley AKA Cycle_dr 1
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2015, 05:26:34 pm »
Cycling in perpetual summer is a very smart strategy, even though the transitions will presumably lose him a week or so of riding (given he will not just have to fly half way around the world, twice, but also adapt to a new time zone).