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  • MattF

    Best of luck to Miles. I cannot begin to imagine the mind-numbing boredom involved in riding the same piece of road day in, day out. A cold, hard analysis of his first month would suggest an inauspicious start. Too much variability. I hope he can settle into a more regular routine and daily distance.

  • Mark

    Go Miles!

  • Peter

    So, can someone explain to me why having big chainrings and a slow cadence will help Miles achieve his goal? In my experience, a higher cadence and lower gearing keeps my legs fresher for longer.

    • Bones

      He mentioned that he was a long distance runner with slow twitch muscles, but then they also state that he broke a bottom bracket due to riding out of the saddle so much to turn the big gear. Wouldn’t work for me but it must for him.

    • AMK

      He hasn’t been able to hit his targets so far and if you look at his average speed per day it has dropped sharply since starting. Obviously you are going to fatigue but slow muscle twitch or not you have to at least question the gear choice when you see the performance drop off.

      Can’t help but think his gearing choice will ultimately be his down fall.

  • aradilon

    Is this a joke an 80? Even pro’s use a 58 max in a time trial! He’s knees will be broken after this year, high cadance is where it’s at. Btw how do u even start this bike, downhill?

    • Lachlan ‘Pinto’ Davis

      High cadence is where it’s at for racing. He is not racing. He’s riding on his own terms, and that means very low cadence. Remember we’re talking about a bloke who rode from Melbourne to Queensland to take part in a 1,000km Audax ride, then rode back. And he did several 400-600km Audax rides along the way. He knows what he’s doing.

      • aradilon

        He’s only been riding for 2 years so no, i don’t believe he knows what he’s doing! U need that much more power for the same speeds, science has proven it, u get alot less tired with higher cadence than with more power. Why do u think pro riders use higher cadence now? They do alot of miles, if they would need power only, they would hurt their knees alot! So no i think he’s foolish and will hurt himself if he continues with this! Btw the other yearrecord attackers are using normal gears!
        I also read that he’s out of his saddle alot, again not the smartest idea to do alot of miles, instead of only moving he’s legs he also needs alot of core strength for this.
        If i knew him i would recommend him to look up some information about this, he will hurt himself!

        • Mark

          Surprisingly, you’re not the first person to say this. And I wonder how many times he has been told what’s best for him… As Lachlan mentioned, he knows what he’s doing.

        • Lachlan ‘Pinto’ Davis

          Easy there champ, no one is suggesting you can put out 500W at 50rpm without breaking yourself. I’ll say it again because it seems you didn’t understand the first time, this is not racing. It is Audax. There are a lot of Audaxers (myself included) who ride at a far lower cadence than pros ever would, because when you are doing a tiny fraction of their power spinning at 100rpm is unnecessary. Yes Searvogel and Abraham are using normal cranks but they are also pedalling much slower than racing cyclists would. Can you name a pro who would average less than 100bpm HR for a ride?

          • aradilon

            Am i saying he needs to do 100 rpm? NO! But 50 rpm means u need alot more power for the same speed, the best cadence for normal people is around 70-80rpm, with that u get alot more power efficiency than 50 rpm, and that’s important when u do alot of miles/km’s. I just want to warn him and people that are going to copy this, u will hurt your knees and your back!

            • pauldr

              50rpm means more force (torque) not more power, but you are right – dangerous, plus more tiring.

        • Ben Greeve

          In those 2 years he want from no cycling to a 150km round trip commute plus audax events, I’d say he has some experience.

          • aradilon

            Yeah because that says it all? Pro cyclist used to do power instead of cadence, go ask them if they ever had knee or back problems. But that’s not the point really, it’s just not efficient, and that’s where it’s at for the recordbreaking! Also if u need to stand up so much u will get less aero something very important in efficiency, look at all the record attempts and people like Mike Cotty all use clip on aero bars.

            • Nath

              Well, you obviously won’t be told. Perhaps you’re right, but given the dude’s prep K’s using that gear I would say his choice is educated by his own experience. So until you have beaten his record with your higher cadence approach, perhaps you should consider giving him the benefit of the doubt.

              • aradilon

                I don’t need to beat it, Kurt Seavogel, Steven Abraham and the original Tommy Godwin all use(d) normal gearing normal cadence!

                • Nath

                  What frustrates me here is that you use a terribly illogical argument i.e “others didn’t do it therefore he can’t”. If he beats the record or not, the fact he has ridden as far as he has already and has not yet ruined his knees strongly suggests that a super large gear works for him. It may not work for you, and it may not work in a race situation, but it seems to work for him. And I think that is the point… he is doing this attempt, not you, so perhaps you could try a little humility and admit you may not know everything? Just a thought.

                  • philipmcvey

                    Can’t help but agree; if it works for him then it’s fine as he’s the one doing it. It seems counterintuitive at best to ride a gear that large, but it seems counterintuitive at best to spend a year away from your loved ones riding the same road 365 times. It’s quite possible that people who do these things aren’t like the majority of us.

                • philipmcvey

                  There’s a 53 year old bloke who is choosing to ride the same stretch of road 365 times while his wife and kids are in another city for no useful reason other than a mid life crisis and the most worrying thing for you is his choice of gearing? I’d say that’s the least interesting part of the story.

        • bigfoot

          You mean torque, not power. Other than that I agree.

  • SeanMcCuen

    brain numbing.

  • PeterM

    G’day, I’m Miles data minder. Today’s Mile’s birthday. We had tea and cake at Abbotsford Cycles this morning while a bit of bike fettling was finished. Then Miles and Arnie headed out down the Bay. He has now completed 35 days riding and as the article says, there have been a few lumpinesses. Today’s special trick was that the latest update to the Garmin software is causing problems with the Bluetooth syncing. As of tea time this evening at dinner (including happy birthday sung by Phil and a bunch of handy children) Miles has ridden the following:

    Total distance 6583.81 miles, 10,595.62 km that’s an average of 188.11 miles 302.73 km per day.

    He is completing his second Portsea lap this evening. It will be a beautiful clear but COLD night.

    Wish him well.


    • Alan Tomasic

      I hope his consistency evens out as the leaderboard shows a lot of up and down days. Hard to break a record with 50 mile days. Best of luck.

    • Push Bike Writer

      Thanks for the update Peter. So, according to your figures his average distance each day has risen since I interviewed him? Doing well.
      Craig Fry

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      • Alan Tomasic

        Do you know the reason behind the huge differences in his daily distance covered? A bit of a worry when you think that to beat this record, consistency would be critical.

        • philipmcvey

          Even more so when you see that Shearvogel is way ahead of schedule and will actually set the bar far higher than the one for which Miles is aiming.

  • Good luck to Miles in his heroic attempt.

  • Push Bike Writer

    We should get behind Miles and support this audacious effort. If an ex-pro was doing it we’d all be wearing the t-shirt. Craig Fry

    • philipmcvey

      No disrespect Craig, but we’d get behind a pro because he’d almost certainly build his attempt around fund raising for a charity. This attempt – incredible as it is on its own merits – seems to be purely motivated by Miles suffering from a mid life crisis. That’s just not a compelling enough reason for many of us to buy a t-shirt or get behind the effort in any concrete way. I don’t know Miles and won’t think to understand what makes him tick, but it does seem a missed opportunity to put a message out there about something other than the fact he needs a year away from real-life. All that said, I wish him well as it’s an immense physical commitment whatever the reasoning. Looking at the leader board Shearvogel will set the bar a lot higher before Miles’s year is out.

      • Push Bike Writer

        Fair enough Philip. But not all of these long distance rides need to be fundraisers. The enormity of this thing alone is reason enough to be interested and supportive. Looks like we agree on that.

        • philipmcvey

          Absolutely Craig. Great article by the way. You are right – there doesn’t need to be a reason, and in some ways the pure hare-brained craziness is the most appealing part of it. In the totality of his probable life span, he’s giving up perhaps one eightieth of it to pursue something which might completely change who he is. It doesn’t seem too mad when I think of it in those terms. Anyone who can ride 500 miles in one hit deserves massive kudos whatever the tally is for the year.

          • Push Bike Writer

            Cheers Philip. No, it is mad. But in the right way. :)

  • santiagobenites

    Happy Birthday Miles!!!!! You have the perfect name for a long distance cyclist!!

  • Chris Lee

    I think one of the impressive things with some of these guys going for records is putting it out there and saying what they are trying to do. That’s got to put some pressure on. Kudos for even giving it a lash.

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  • Kelley Sharp

    This is so cool to have this caused by all the multi vitamins…: “I’m also on a range of multi vitamins, so I know what day it is from the colour of my pee!” :) Thumbs up! website

    • miles smith

      Hi guys. Sick of being in my sick bed.

      Good to read your comments. Re big gears – hey it happens to work for me. Last year I covered over 80,000 km’s so talk of knee and back problems are just that talk. I shot some video the other day. I was doing a steady 25 mph (UMCA time and distance all done in mph) HR well below 100 and cadence just on 60. I will get it up on the web site once back on my feet.

      I have a 63 sat in Abbotsford cycles for Craig to nail on to his steed of choice. Follow up article me thinks.

      Re charity we made contact with Autism Australia on a number of occasions, but we didn’t get much of a response. Given our ‘focus’ and single mindedness as cyclists the only reason you don’t relise you are on the spectrum is because you are. So just wanted to give somthing back.

      With regard to lack of consistency in times/distance this is/was mostly due to non cycling stuff ups. I moved into a unit a few days prior to the start. Dispite/inspite of the real estate agents assurances the unit had no water, gas or electricity connected. This made for a rather uncomfortable home base for the first few weeks, coupled with some consistently inclement weather and not being on the bike for the three weeks prior to the start date due to a chest infection that I have still not completely got over. I’m taping this out via the phone tucked up in bed following partial collapse of left lung.

      The choice of ‘mind numbing’ route were numerous and include, abundance of friendly bike shops along the route, 50% of route has a rail line 100 meters from the road, loads of Audax members live within minutes of the route right down to Portsea. I start from the same location that Irene Plowman started from and the route is the one Ossi Nicholson used when he secured the WR for Australia. Lots of shops, bakeries and restaurants.

      So when I restart, we will be doing the same core route with trips to bairnsdale Albury or wherever if we get 25 kph winds blowing in the the appropriate direction. By the time Craig has tried out the 63 tooth ring (also have 73 and 80 on standby) and I’m back on the bike it will be time for a follow up progress report.

      So time for more Rulide and sleep. See you guys on the road. You can always find me – go to gomiles.com.au and click on the ‘where’s walley’ key.


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