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From: Dsyman@aol.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 11:12:09 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Previous message about Tommy Goodwin

In forwarding a message from Danny Chew (the former Race Across America winner) about the British Cyclist, Tommy Goodwin, it appears that the body of the message wasn't shown, so here it is:

In my 1982 Guinness Book of World Records, Tommy Goodwin [1912-75] of Great Britain in the 365 days of 1939 rode 75,065 miles or an average of 205.65 miles per day!  He then completed 100,000 miles in 500 days to May 14, 1940.

Could this be possible considering how LOUSY technology was for bicycles back then?  At this rate, he could ride my million mile lifetime goal in just 5,000 days or about 13.7 years! 

What do people like Lon Haldeman think about the feasibility of this claim?  If anybody on this e-mail list knows anything about Tommy Goodwin, please post a reply ASAP! 

Did Tommy have any type of job which would cut into his riding time?  Did he draft cars on open highways so that he could ride 200 miles in just 8 hours per day?  What bike shop[s] sponsored or helped him out since he would be going through bike equipment like crazy? 

What was Tommy's lifetime mileage when he died in 1975 at age 63?  Keep in mine I rode my first double century back in 1973 just beofre my 11th birthday? 

James "Myhee" Mergler of AZ claims to have ridden a months worth of consecutive 200+ mile days, but this was done in recent times and only lasted for 1 month! 

Dan Wyman
Oceanside, CA