24 HOUR CYCLING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
UK based record attempt to break the indoor record of 941kms
At 12:00 on 22nd June 2019 amateur ultra distance cyclist James MacDonald attempted to break the current distance world record of 941kms at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales
Special thanks to Cisco, Dimension Data and Endura for supporting this attempt and to all the management and staff at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales. Lastly the biggest thanks goes to the Project Kansas team without them this attempt would not have be possible. Thank you. Dukesy, Toby, Gary, Steve T, Steve W, Martin, Tim, Greg, Laura, David, Mike and Thirza. #nexttime
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See you in 2020, probably in a Welsh Velodrome
WHAT IS ULTRA CYCLING LIKE ON THE VELODROME?
Riding on the velodrome is an amazing experience but its usually over very quickly as the races are typically won in just a few minutes, take a look below at one of the training sessions James did at his local velodrome in Glasgow. This gives you a brief look at what its like to tackle one of the toughest ultra distance cycling records.
24 HOURS NON STOP RIDING IN CIRCLES
So what does it take to ride more than 941kms in a day? We get asked this a lot, heres some insights
WHAT SPEED DO YOU NEED TO RIDE AT?
In order to reach at least 941kms James will have to ride at 39kph (24mph) but its likely that the actual pace will be 40kph to allow for a few minutes stopping time.
WHAT DO YOU EAT DURING THIS SORT OF RIDE?
James will be burning 800kCals per hour so it will be a big challenge to consume enough food. James will be fuelled by a special blend of carbohydrate and protein drinks, and smoothies for variety. The total for the 24 hours will be close to 20,000 kCalories - about the same amount of energy as a typical adult would use in a whole week so you can start to appreciate the challenge!
HOW WILL WE KNOW HE IS ON TARGET TO BEAT THE RECORD?
This attempt will be fully connected. James will be wearing sensors that will transmit vital information for the crew to monitor his progress. Information such as heart rate, power and speed will be sent wirelessly to the Dimension Data analytics software and this will be presented as calories burned, schedule compared to the existing record and other such important statistics. We'll be publishing this information for everyone to see via a live stream - link at the top of this page.
HOW WILL THE TEAM COMMUNICATE?
During the event James will be in constant communication with the support crew via a permanent audio link. If previous events are anything to go by James will be chatting like crazy. We've even managed to sort out a way we can keep James happy with some favorite music when things are just ticking along. The really cool thing about this is that the crew can switch this audio feed into the Live Stream and share whats being said during the event. Listen out for regular chats between rider and crew!
WILL THERE BE ANY STOPS DURING THE EVENT?
The most important thing in the world of ultra cycling is to keep moving, however its also the hardest thing to do and it gets harder the further you go. There are obviously some things you just have to stop for (ahem) but for everything else James wont be stopping. We are estimating that stopping time will be literally just a few minutes every 6 hours. James will drink and eat on the bike collecting bottles from the support crew by slowing down a little and grabbing it from a crew member running alongside him. The support team will need to practise their sprints!
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24 HOUR RECORD ATTEMPT BIKE
This is the bike that James will use to attempt the 24 hour record. Its a state of the art BMC TrackMachine, the same used by Rohan Dennis to break the hour record. Its fast, stable and great for ticking off those laps
Project KANSAS from 2015 to present day
From James' first experience riding the whole island in a day during the Mallorca 312 in early 2015 to preparation for next years attempt to break the indoor 24 hour record its certainly been a wild and challenging ride! Taking part in several supported ultra endurance events in some incredible places in the world has given the team and James loads of useful knowledge and experience. We hope you enjoy browsing through these pictures and videos and perhaps draw some inspiration from them and hopefully you will get out there and explore the world by bike - just a little bit at a time.