Alpe d'Huez wrote:Doing a quick search, I was surprised to find this amazing young woman hasn't even been mentioned in a single post. So here goes.
Four years ago cyclist Amanda Coker was riding her bike and hit by a car and badly injured, fracturing her skull, sustaining a brain injury, and being bed ridden for many weeks. All she could think about was riding her bike again, once she could, she has barely stopped, and after pulverizing the woman's ultracyclist distance (HAM'R) record in just four months, she's continued on, and is set to smash even the men's record, as well.
Put in sheer numbers, she's coming up on 70,000 miles in about 300 days, averaging over 230 miles per day, at over a 20mph pace. Her longest ride I believe is over 260 miles, and the shortest about 130...during Hurricane Matthew.
A quick news clip on her:
Alpe d'Huez wrote:While she's long past it now, I wanted to update that she did eclipse Kurt Searvogel's HAM'R record, with 40 days to go. In the last month she has been routinely kicking out days in the 260 to 275 mile range, moving along at over 21mph on average.
I year you KB on the hour record. I had no problem with a Trad hour, and Tech hour, sigh. Now, we may never know if someone can really ride 50km on a track bike.
Regarding the mostly closed course, when she topped Kurt's record, some people came out of the woodwork almost crying foul because of where she is riding, and that at times she's riding in groups with others joining in. She's also ridden on three different bikes, depending on the day (one of them a recumbent), though most days are on a standard road bike. But both Kurt, and Steven Abraham (who is attempting the record on open roads) gave huge praise to Amanda. While her course is flat, it's also often windswept, and subject to brutal heat and humidity nearly half the year, and as mentioned she rode over a century during Hurricane Matthew. By and large though, she's riding alone, which must get pretty lonesome going at it for 12-14 hours a day with few breaks. I'm sure most of the people criticizing her couldn't keep up with her for 26 miles, or let alone over 260, let alone ride one tenth the distance she will have when her year is up (May 14), no matter where it is. It should also be known some of Kurt's mileage was set in this area of Florida as well, and Kurt often chose some other routes point to point to maximize tail winds, and eliminate climbs.
Also keep in mind, part of her reason for riding on this course is because of post-accident safety. She fractured her skull and damaged her spine a couple years ago and the only way her doctor wanted her riding at all was nowhere near cars.
I think an issue with HAM'R records is that it's rarely attempted, or thought of. At least until the last few years maybe, so rule making and oversight aren't that refined. Still, she's on a bike, pedaling under her own power, extremely long distances, every single day. Very few people in the world would even attempt such a thing, let alone achieve it.
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