Single ride record progression
After Eric Nichols's genre-inventing 9x9 ride in his home U.S. state of New Hampshire, single day rides have tended to happen in the road-dense region of North Rhine-Westphalia in the north-west of Germany. Do you know somewhere that has the right combination of high-density roads, relatively flat terrain but not too much traffic and traffic lights that would make for a competitor to the NRW riders' dominance?
The failed GPS trace of Elmar Hogenboom's 21x21 single effort ride.
|When||Who||Where||Size||Ride length (KMs)||KMs/tile||Moving time||Tiles/hr||Commentary|
|14/01/2017||Eric N||New Hampshire, United States.||9x9||127.75||1.58||5hr 48min||14.0||The first known deliberate attempt at making a square|
|09/05/2018||Stephan L||North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.||12x12||204.1||1.42||8hr 4min||17.9||The first time the single ride record was deliberately targetted.|
|08/09/2018||Stephan L||North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.||15x15||309.1||1.37||13hr 15min||17.0|
|19/09/2018||Jan.K||North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.||12x12||169.9||1.18||6hr 54min||21||An efficiency record at the time (note the Strava activity includes the "ride to the ride").|
|25/08/2019||Stephan L||North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.||16x16||301.27||1.17||13hr 3min||19.6||Stephan describes this epic ride here|
|31/05/2020||Jan.K||Gelderland, Netherlands||18x18||360.11||1.11||14hr 51min||21.82||Jan takes back the crown. The ride is described here. This ride is still an efficiency record for tiles per hour and tiles per km. It is also the largest GPX-verified ride.|
|31/05/2020||Elmar Hogenboom||North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A small part of the ride was in the Netherlands||21x21||537.2||1.22||22hr 31min||19.59||It is really worth reading Elmar's description of the ride. An extra-ordinary ride
of 537km over rough terrain in the dark. No fewer than 4 punctures. And, worst of all, a GPS failure. So, should this ride be included in the hall of fame?
For me, it very much should be... "GPX doping" is theoretically possible so ultimately we have to trust all riders that they've done
what they've said they've done. In this case, I trust Elmar. Of course... it would be awesome if someone could do a 21x12 with a complete GPX!
This ride was featured in Cycling Weekly.