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Arkansas cyclist sets record for miles biked in a year

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REFUELING: Kurt Searvogel during his epic ride. - TWITTER
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Bicycling magazine has just said on Twitter that Kurt Searvogel of Sheridan has broken a long-standing record for the number of miles biked in a year.

Here's an article written with Searvogel on the cusp of  breaking a 76-year-old record of 75,065 in a calendar year, or about 205 miles a day. No final details yet, but Bicycling had a camera on Searvogel live when the record was beaten. He's said to be adding some miles to his record.

Searvogel, a software developer, began his record attempt Jan. 10, 2015. The effort was sanctioned by an association of ultra-marathon bicyclists. From Bicycling:

Over the past year, Searvogel, who also goes by the nickname Tarzan, has matched Godwin’s daily totals mile-for-mile, and currently sits at the cusp of setting the highest annual mileage record (or, HAM’R).

Over the past 10 months, Searvogel has ridden an average of 12-plus hours per day. He’s followed the sun, and the prevailing winds, across Florida, through Arkansas, into Wisconsin and back. He has ridden through torrential storms, energy-sapping illness, and saddle sores that grew to the size of small fruit. His nether regions, he says, have gradually “turned to leather.” He has famously fueled himself with translucent bags of double cheeseburgers, fiery-hot potato chips, and Pina Colada-flavored energy drinks by the caseload. A chilled Yuengling lager (or three) greets him at the long end of every day.

In these past six-weeks of riding, Searvogel has spent the majority of his time riding a densely forested 6-mile loop around Flatwoods Park in the suburban outskirts of Tampa, Florida. His wife and primary support person, Alicia Searvogel, has dictated Kurt remain at Flatwoods to ease the logistics of keeping him fueled and rested—and more importantly, she says, to keep him safe. But the stationary setting has provided an added bonus, as well. A rotating peloton of cyclists have traveled from across the state and around the country to ride with Searvogel, and help pace him. 

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