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Cycling records


This is a list of certified and recognized cycling records as recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale, International Human Powered Vehicle Association and World Human Powered Vehicle Association, Guinness World Records, International Olympic Committee, the UK Road Records Association or other accepted authorities.

The table below shows the records people have attained while riding bicycles.

The International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) acts as the sanctioning body for new records in human-powered land, water, and air vehicles. It registers non-motor-paced records (also called unpaced), which means that the bicycle directly faces the wind without any motor-pacing vehicle in front.

On land, the speed record registered by a rider on a 200-meter flying start speed trial was 133.28 km/h (82.82 mph) by the Canadian Sam Whittingham riding the Varna Tempest, a streamliner recumbent bicycle in 2009. at Battle Mountain, Nevada. His record has been surpassed by 0.5 km/h by Sebastiaan Bowier of the Netherlands in 2013 setting the new record of 133.78 km/h (83.13 mph). The record was again surpassed on 19 September 2015 by Todd Reichert by riding the ETA, a streamlined recumbent bicycle at 86.65 mph or 139.45 km/h from the team behind the AeroVelo Atlas human-powered helicopter. Todd Reichert broke his own record again on September 17, 2016 to set a speed of 89.58 mph, or 144.17 kph at the 2016 WHPSC.

The female record holder for this same category was Lisa Vetterlein, who reached 107.16 km/h (66.59 mph) in 2005. This record was beaten by Barbara Buatois of France, when she reached 121.44 km/h (75.46 mph) at Battle Mountain in 2009. She subsequently achieved 121.81 km/h (75.69 mph) at the 2010 running of the Battle Mountain event.


Name Year Speed Type of record
Fred Rompelberg 1990 268 km/h (167 mph) Flat surface, motor-paced
Bruce Bursford 1996 334.6 km/h (207.9 mph) Pedaling on a bicycle treadmill (rollers) after being "towed" to 100 mph, on a custom made £1,000,000 bicycle
Eric Barone 2000 222 km/h (138 mph) Downhill on snow, on a prototype bicycle
Eric Barone 2002 172 km/h (107 mph) Downhill on a volcano, on a prototype bicycle
Markus Stöckl 2007 210.4 km/h (130.7 mph) Downhill on snow, on a serial production bicycle
Barbara Buatois 2010 121.81 km/h (75.69 mph) Faired Recumbent, Flat surface, unpaced
Markus Stöckl 2011 164.95 km/h (102.50 mph) Downhill on a volcano, on a serial production bicycle.
Todd Reichert 2016 144.17 km/h (89.58 mph) Faired Recumbent, Flat surface, unpaced
World Endurance record for a single year
Year Record holder Country Distance Ref
1911 Marcel Planes  France 34,366 miles (55,307 km)
1932 Arthur Humbles  Great Britain 36,007 miles (57,948 km)
1933 Ossie Nicholson  Australia 43,966 miles (70,756 km)
1936 Walter Greaves  Great Britain 45,383 miles (73,037 km)
1937 Bernard Bennett  Great Britain 45,801 miles (73,710 km)
1937 René Menzies  France 61,561 miles (99,073 km)
1937 Ossie Nicholson  Australia 62,657 miles (100,837 km)
1939 Bernard Bennett  Great Britain 65,127 miles (104,812 km)
1939 Tommy Godwin  Great Britain 75,065 miles (120,805 km)
2015 Kurt Searvogel  United States 76,076 miles (122,432. km)

  • Streamlined recumbent bicycle (bicycle and rider enclosed in an aerodynamic shell): Francesco Russo of Switzerland set a new World Record by covering 91.556 km (56.89 miles) in one hour at the DEKRA test track in Germany on 2 August 2011 This record is approved by the WHPVA. On 19 July 2009 Sam Whittingham at the Ford Motor Company's 5-mile oval test track in Romeo, Michigan achieved 90.598 km, This record was approved by the IHPVA and WHPVA committees) In 2008, Damjan Zabovnik, achieved 87.123 km
  • Non-streamlined Recumbent Bicycle (no shell, only disk wheels, and rider sitting on top frame). The best mark was achieved by Aurelien Bonneteau, a French rider at the Bordeaux velodrome. He rode a bicycle with a nearly horizontal seat to allow his back to lay flat, two standard sized wheels, an elliptical chainring, and with shortened pedal arms to reduce the air volume swept out by his legs. His distance was 56.696 km (35.229 miles) on Wednesday 16 July 2014
  • Charles Terront is claimed to have covered 339 miles (546 km) in 1879.
  • George Pilkington Mills set the record at 259 miles (417 km) circa 1890.
  • Cyril Heppleston set the road record at 478.5 miles (770 km) circa 1938.
  • Hubert Opperman set the road record at 505.75 miles (814 km) in Melbourne on 5 December 1939.
  • Roy Cromack set the road record at 507.00 miles (816 km) in 24 hours in UK in 1969.
  • Jean-Pascal Roux set the road record at 521.33 miles (839 km) in 24 hours at Caderousse on 18 June 2009.
  • Greg Kolodziejzyk set the human powered vehicle (HPV) land distance record at 647 miles (1,041 km) in 24 hours on a recumbent bicycle at Eureka, CA on 17 July 2006. The HPV record now stands at 1,219.02 kilometres (757 mi), set by Christian von Ascheberg in a Milan SL velomobile at the DEKRA test track in Germany on 1 August 2010.
  • Andy Wilkinson set the UK 24-hour time trial record at 541.214 miles (871 km) on 24/25 June 2011.
  • Christoph Strasser set the 24 hour road record at 557 miles (896 km) at Berlin airport on 21 March 2015.
  • Beatrice Grimshaw claimed to have broken the women's road record c. 1900 however the distance ridden is unclear, no authority has recognised the record and there are doubts about her claim.
  • Edith Atkins set the women's road record at 422 miles (679 km) on 12 July 1953.
  • Sandy Earl set a new road record at 442.46 miles (712.07 km) on 14 August 2011.
  • Maria Parker set a new road record at 469.198 miles (755.101 km) on 13 October 2012.
  • Upright bicycle: Gethin Butler, 2001, 44h 4m 20s
  • Faired recumbent bicycle: Andy Wilkinson, 1996, 41h 4m 22s
  • Women's record: Lynne Taylor, 2001, 52h 45m
  • Women's tricycle record: Jane Moore, 2014, 88h 45m 21s
  • Tandem Record: D Irvine & C Mitchell, 2015, 45h 11m 0s.
  • Men's record: Gethin Butler, 2001. After setting the Lands End to John O'Groats record in 2001 Gethin Butler continued to ride, completing 1000 miles in 55 hours 59 minutes 0 seconds.
  • Women's record: Lynne Taylor, 2001. After setting the women's Lands End to John O'Groats record, Lynne Taylor continued to ride, completing 1000 miles in 64 hours and 38 minutes.
  • Solo man: Christoph Strasser, 2014, who averaged 16.42 mph (26.425 km/h) riding 3,020 miles (4,860 km) in 7 days, 15 hours, and 56 minutes.
  • Solo woman: Seana Hogan, 1995, who averaged 13.23 mph (21.3 km/h) riding 2,912 miles (4,686 km) in 9 days, 4 hours, 2 minutes.
  • Tommy Godwin rode 2,084 miles (3,354 km) between 16 and 22 July 1939.
  • Bruce Berkeley rode 2,825 kilometres (1,755 mi) between 23 and 29 June 2014.
  • Richard Nutt rode 2,830 kilometres (1,760 mi) between 1 and 7 June 2015.
  • Tommy Godwin rode 8,583 miles (13,813 km) in July 1939.
  • Amanda Coker rode 7,188.6 miles (11,568.9 km) in August 2016.
  • Amanda Coker rode 7,103.7 miles (11,432.3 km) in 3 September 2016 to 2 October 2016 (30 days).
  • Kurt Searvogel rode 6,828 miles (10,989 km) in December 2015.
  • UMCA record holder André Goeritz rode 6,679.8 miles (10,750.1 km) in 11 May 2016 to 9 Jun 2016 (30 days).
  • Steve Abraham rode 6,469 miles (10,411 km) in October 2015.
  • Bruce Berkeley rode 6,060 miles (9,750 km) in January 2015.
  • Guinness World Record holder Janet Davison (UK) rode 4,011 miles (6,455 km) between 24 July and 22 August 2015.
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