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by Mark Zalewski
December 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling investigation cleared Sutton of eight of nine charges; British government to bail out UK sport after shortfall; Herning to host 2017 European Road Cycling Championships; Geraint Thomas calls Wiggins’ TUE controversy a grey area; Storey says British Cycling controversies not a distraction; Gerrans to race Herald Sun Tour; Sun Tour Falls Creek finish extended to the resort; Pellizotti signs with Bahrain-Merida; Coach says Wiggins has enough for one more Olympics; Olympians headline Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals races; Pavlukhina signs with Astana Women’s Team; Police use audio from incident that killed cyclist in anti-drink driving campaign; Boardman calls for overhaul of British Highway Code; Woman rides high-wheel across America; Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story; Bikepacking Vietnam: The Documentary.
Carolyn Carter became the first woman to ride a high-wheel, penny-farthing-style bicycle across the United States, covering 3,294 miles (5,301km), beginning on 28 May in San Francisco and finishing on July 30 in Boston.
The 68-year-old retired real estate agent and school bus driver rode a 46-inch high-wheel between 50-60 miles (80-96km) per day, following the same route used by Thomas Stevens, the first cyclist to ride a bike around the world in 1884.
Her husband Steve, who drove a support car for the feat, is the current world record holder for the distance when he rode a 50-inch high-wheel along the same route in the 1990s.
Amazingly, she had only one mechanical during the journey and only one accident, coming a mere 2.5 miles from the finish when she was clipped by the mirror of a vehicle and went down. Fortunately she was not hurt and was able to continue to the finish soon after.
When asked how she motivated herself to accomplish the ride, she said, “I ate the elephant one bite at a time.”
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