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General Category => Freewheeling => Topic started by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 19, 2017, 09:04:57 pm

Title: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 19, 2017, 09:04:57 pm
The 300,000 Mile Cycling Club finally has a website. There are several names listed that would be familiar to Audaxers and older CTCers and TTers.
http://300k-cc.co.uk
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: postie on August 19, 2017, 09:29:10 pm
Hampshire road club/ portsmouth ctc have 3 members on the list , how long before a fourth join's i wonder?
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: zigzag on August 20, 2017, 08:28:23 pm
i wonder why he has set the number of miles to 300k, i.e. not 200k or 400k; why does this particular mileage gets recorded in their book?
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 21, 2017, 01:32:22 pm
Probably because he felt it was the right balance of possibility of being achieved by a enthusiastic, normal-ability rider and difficulty/rarity. 300,000 miles is 50 years of averaging 6,000 miles annually, which doesn't sound particularly hard, when you say it quickly.

HK averages 10,000-19,000 miles annually around a full-time job and should make the list within the next couple of years.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Peter on August 21, 2017, 01:41:32 pm
Thanks for the link, D.  Quite a few names I recognise there, including the last one, if it's the same Ron Mellor of West Pennine Road Club, who run the "original" UK Audax, North West Passage.  If I recall, he was still getting under the hour in his 70s.

Peter
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Salvatore on August 21, 2017, 04:09:13 pm
2 names which stand out for me, apart from the obvious ones:

Cyril Banks of Merthyr. He had the smoothest pedalling action I've ever seen (on the road or on TV) , in or out of the saddle. I remember him telling me of his first 300,000 mile club meet-up, and his amazement at the accents to be heard, from two members in particular (yes, it was the obvious 2).

John Reaney. He had spent over 4 decades underground in the coal mines of South Yorkshire. He was one of the starters in the first LEL, but DNFd. When I finally arrived back in street outside the HQ, someone offered to take care of my bike while I went inside for card formalities and food. Only later did it occur to me that I didn't know him from Adam and my bike might be gone forever, not that I cared by that point. As it happened it was John and my bike was safe. There was also the time on the Great Eastern 1000 which involved a small group of us chasing him down the not-quite deserted A1 at 1 am. We were on the hard shoulder but he had somehow got in the "fast" lane. I still shudder to recall it.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: rob on August 21, 2017, 04:23:14 pm
John Reaney. He had spent over 4 decades underground in the coal mines of South Yorkshire. He was one of the starters in the first LEL, but DNFd. When I finally arrived back in street outside the HQ, someone offered to take care of my bike while I went inside for card formalities and food. Only later did it occur to me that I didn't know him from Adam and my bike might be gone forever, not that I cared by that point. As it happened it was John and my bike was safe. There was also the time on the Great Eastern 1000 which involved a small group of us chasing him down the not-quite deserted A1 at 1 am. We were on the hard shoulder but he had somehow got in the "fast" lane. I still shudder to recall it.

I remember John from my first audaxes out of Doncaster in the early 90s.   I also remember when the comic had a series of articles on the then members of the club when I used to devour every article.   It's then - mid teens - when I started to record my mileage.

I was very impressed to bump into Chris Davies near Chichester after I had moved to the South.    Similarly meeting Les Lowe in the middle of the night on the Burton-Bala bash.

At my current rate I'll hit 300,000 something like 2025, but all kinds of stuff can change between now and then.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 22, 2017, 11:55:05 am
There are a couple of names in the Roll of Honour that I thought should be in the Current Membership list e.g. Peter Coulson.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: rob on August 22, 2017, 12:22:42 pm
What do they use for documentation these days ?

I know you used to have to submit diaries and equipment lists.   I still have all my early diaries but switched to spreadsheets years ago so I can't imagine I would qualify.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 22, 2017, 02:13:20 pm
I think (not 100% sure) that spreadsheets are fine. Strava, etc. might even count but HK would know for sure. Submitting stuff annually towards AUK's Mileater probably helps.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: postie on August 22, 2017, 02:38:59 pm
Pete coulson is on the roll of honor, because he has not submitted any yearly mileage for a few years i guess.
This is normal practice as once you join there is no rejoining every year so knowing which members are still with us can be hard to know,  is has been known for members to suddenly return to the members list, after suddenly submitting year mileages again,

Remember every member as to submit there mileage for the previous year in jan for continued membership.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: hellymedic on August 22, 2017, 03:34:49 pm
There are a couple of names in the Roll of Honour that I though should be in the Current Membership list e.g. Peter Coulson.

I don't think Giraffe rides a bike much nowadays.

[OT] I think there are two chaps with that name in yacf: Giraffe and hairyhippy.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 22, 2017, 04:54:17 pm
Remember every member as to submit there mileage for the previous year in jan for continued membership.

HK will have to keep that rule in mind in the future. I will never join this club as I do not record my miles and I had never seen any of their rules before now.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Ian H on August 22, 2017, 08:33:06 pm
Likewise, I've never recorded mileage.

Who was it?  An older chap I met recently who was scathingly dismissive about the claims of one of the members of the club.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 22, 2017, 08:41:10 pm
There are bound to be a couple of fabulists in the club but I figure that most of them will have done the hard yards.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Giraffe on August 24, 2017, 08:32:11 am
There are a couple of names in the Roll of Honour that I thought should be in the Current Membership list e.g. Peter Coulson.
I agree - rumours of my daeth... etc.

Just that I haven't submitted mileage for quite a while, mainly due to a health problem in 2012 effectively stopped me from cycling. I could have started again in mid-2013 but, by that time, I'd got used to walking and somehow never regained a well-trued tuit.

Nev Chanin kept on at me for years about joining then, in the year of his death as it happened, he sent a letter and I thought I'd better obey the great man.
When I sent in the figures I'd just got over 400k in 40 years, including the very early ones with pathetic mileage and also the rapid falling off (oops!) after '97.
Eventually I stopped sending in figures as they weren't worth the bother; also I was too lazy to print and post them and e-mailed results weren't accepted.

I see that my old friend Mick Holiday has almost caught me - perhaps I should... - no, CBA!
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: HK on August 24, 2017, 08:53:19 pm
Estimate time of arrival at the club is 3rd quarter 2018.   The annual mileage spreadsheet has been out in count down mode, but like Cape Canaveral.

Average milage is currently a bit over 15,000. I blame Mr Pountney for keeping tabs on the average and improving it to it's current level.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 26, 2017, 02:10:34 pm
Eventually I stopped sending in figures as they weren't worth the bother; also I was too lazy to print and post them and e-mailed results weren't accepted.

Given that they have finally created a website, their views regarding emails might have changed.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 14, 2017, 06:56:50 am
There is a Canadian equivalent to the 300,000 Mile Cycling Club, the Canadian Kilometre Achiever Program. http://www.ckap.ca/

The major difference is that there is limited opportunity for retrospective claims, so most of a rider's mileage before joining CKAP doesn't count. Currently, their highest mileage rider has accumulated somewhere north of 900,000 kilometres.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 12, 2018, 09:54:01 pm
HK averages 10,000-19,000 miles annually around a full-time job and should make the list within the next couple of years.

HK's numbers suggest that she has qualified for the 300,000 club during her commute home today. Her mileage has only been recorded since 01 Jan 1999.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Butterfly on September 12, 2018, 10:11:08 pm
Awesome! Congratulations to her.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: T42 on September 13, 2018, 08:03:45 am
Congrats to HK!
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: thing1 on September 13, 2018, 01:45:09 pm
Congratulations HK! Astonishing achievement.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Ham on September 13, 2018, 01:48:45 pm
Awesome. That suggests around 260,000,000 wheel revolutions and.... double? treble? .... that number of pedal revolutions
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 14, 2018, 07:01:06 am
Hopefully her wheel revolutions outnumber her pedal revolutions by at least a factor of 3.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Ham on September 14, 2018, 08:02:34 am
Hopefully her wheel revolutions outnumber her pedal revolutions by at least a factor of 3.

Here's a useless diversion. Assuming she's not riding fixed, I started off with a wheel diameter of 2m. A good single purpose gear would be between 63-73", or somewhat less than 2m. So, a straight 1:1.  Downhill, you probably pedal little, while uphill an average gear of -  what - 45"? so a little less than 2:1. On average, I thought 2 - 3 x sounded about right.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 14, 2018, 08:28:59 am
Ratio of chainring to cassette teeth for most folk on 700C on the flat is between 2:1 and 3:1 but usually at the high end. Lower climbing gears drop that. Add in that HK has done quite a few miles on a Moulton (about 2/3 the rollout of 700C), lots on a roadified MTB and a fair number on a Brompton and include racing for several years (big gears) and freewheeling downhill (which is her preference) and they all push the ratio up.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: postie on October 24, 2019, 01:14:46 pm
Having reach 300,000miles back in march, while touring in france i finally submited my paperwork last week.
Got a e.mail this morning confirming my entry in to the 300,000miles club. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: tatanab on October 24, 2019, 01:27:24 pm
confirming my entry in to the 300,000miles club.
Well done.  You've done that in a very short time.  I remember you as a youngster starting to ride with Portsmouth CTC in something like 1985.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: sg37409 on October 24, 2019, 01:52:42 pm
Congrats Postie ! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: postie on October 24, 2019, 02:22:52 pm
I started riding with Portsmouth ctc in 1990 and started recording my mileage in 1991, i won a ctc diary at the annual dinner . Derek hayday and ccp Davis encouraged me to continue recording my mileage.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 24, 2019, 02:30:10 pm
Congratulations
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: hellymedic on October 24, 2019, 02:34:18 pm
confirming my entry in to the 300,000miles club.
Well done.  You've done that in a very short time.  I remember you as a youngster starting to ride with Portsmouth CTC in something like 1985.

Who can forget Audax Junior Champion 'Whitebelly' gracing the cover of Arrivée?

Well done!
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: postie on October 25, 2019, 11:13:42 am
It worth noting now, the current man in charge is happy to receive claims for new and updates from current members via e.mail. sending letters via post is still ok!!!
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: Salvatore on October 25, 2019, 01:49:44 pm
Well done postie.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: pdm on October 26, 2019, 10:30:10 am
Well done postie!
Especially for having the recorded proof too!
I've been riding a bicycle for over 50 years now but have only been recording rides for the last 15 or so; these recent years including 80,001 commuting miles on top of leisure rides and some audax.... I doubt I'll make it to 300,000 recorded before dropping off the mortal coil!  :)
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: teethgrinder on October 26, 2019, 07:51:59 pm
I started riding with Portsmouth ctc in 1990 and started recording my mileage in 1991, i won a ctc diary at the annual dinner . Derek hayday and ccp Davis encouraged me to continue recording my mileage.

 :thumbsup:
You must be one of the youngest members.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: postie on October 26, 2019, 08:02:19 pm
I am the youngest by 5 years, harry lodge is the next youngest at 51.
Harry joined at 36!

For anyone who doesn't know , harry was a pro cyclist for many years.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: rob on October 26, 2019, 08:14:28 pm
Well done, mate.

I expect it will take me another 5 years at the current rate.
Title: Re: 300,000 Mile Cycling Club
Post by: teethgrinder on October 26, 2019, 08:20:12 pm
Yes. A pro will do 20-28k or so a year, so a decade as a pro, plus a few extra years would do it.
It sure helps when all you have to do for a living is ride.

Doing half that with a full time job is something. I was really pleased when I cracked 10k the first time.

I did ask Jack Eason about the 300,000 mile club. He was never interested in it but reckoned he'd "Easily done double that, at least 700,000." He was riding about 22k a year then. Being retired with a boat on the Thames, living in Waltham Cross and having an Audax habit help the miles too.