Berkeley breaks world record

NICK TRUEBRIDGE
Last updated 11:00 05/07/2014

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A former Palmerston North man has broken the Guinness world record for most kilometres ridden on a bike in a week.

Bruce Berkeley, 46, set the record last Sunday after riding 2825 kilometres, beating the previous mark of 2800km.

To break the record Berkeley rode on his own from about 5.30am until 10pm each day over routes that were no more than 60 kilometres away from his home.

Now based in London, the former Palmerston North Boys' High School student said he attempted the record to help him continue to overcome personal issues.

"I had some business issues and some personal issues about a couple of years ago that sort of had me going in the wrong direction in life."

Berkeley said he had also been struggling with alcohol problems.

"It got to the point where I was like ‘well I can't continue to do this I need to do something else and I need to change the drinking'," he said.

After riding professionally for about eight years, Berkeley was able to re-focus on cycling.

Berkeley said the world record attempt certainly had its difficulties.

"It was the sheer time scale of it. The time that the distance took to do and having to be in a good enough condition to be able to ride at a fairly brisk pace," he said.

After beating the previous record with time to spare Berkeley said all he could think of was enjoying the moment.

"I actually had another 12 hours left if I wanted to carry on to add to that, but I'd been riding every day for seven days," he said.

Berkeley said leading up to the attempt he had been completing about 1200 kilometres a week and challenges set by a GPS tracking programme called Strava.

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- Manawatu Standard

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