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Monday Inspiration: Tommy Godwin


Posted by Cags R under Cycling on 21 May 2012 at 7:32 AM

Today's #MondayInspiration is cycling legend Tommy Godwin who still holds the world record for cycling 75,065 miles in 1939, beating the previous record by almost 10,000 miles!

Tommy Godwin then continued his ride for a further 25,000 miles to secure the record for the fastest time to cycle 100,000 miles. He ended with a nice round number: 500 days to cycle 100,000 miles. So that's an average of 200 miles a day for almost a year and a half! 

Bear in mind that in 1939 cycling was a world away from the modern sport; the steel frame of his bike weighed around 35lb and only had 4 gears.
The Guinness Book of Records will not accept new entrants to the race as it is thought to be too dangerous!

But this isn't all Tommy Godwin did in 1940; not long out of the saddle he was called up to serve his country in the RAF, fighting in World War II. On his return to Britain, he wanted to compete in amateur cycling again but was denied by the governing bodies having raced as a professional before the war. 

So how about taking on the Challenge to Cycle 2012 miles in 2012, go on - do it for Tommy, our #MondayInspiration!

You can learn more at and check out some more of his inspiring photos