Mitch Anderson  on his way to setting a  the new world distance of 894.35km in 24 hours.
Mitch Anderson on his way to setting a the new world distance of 894.35km in 24 hours. Contributed

Endurance cyclist claims world record in 24-hour ride

FOUR kilometres. Endurance cyclist Dr Mitch Anderson claimed the new world record by that margin after riding 894.35km non-stop in 24 hours.

Averaging 37kmh, the 42-year-old completed the feat on a closed 3.25 km road loop at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Wensleydale, Victoria, over the Easter weekend.

The former professional Ironman triathlon athlete beat the mark set by Slovenian Marko Bahlo - but he is waiting for final confirmation from the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association.

Dr Anderson was shadowed every inch of the way by a Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain containing support staff and equipment that set a landmark of its own.

Mitch Anderson  on his way to setting a  the new world distance of 894.35km in 24 hours.
Mitch Anderson on his way to setting a the new world distance of 894.35km in 24 hours. Contributed

The E-Class All-Terrain carried a crew of four as well as a spare bike, while another Mercedes-Benz a GLC250 was used by event officials and photographers.

Starting with a full tank of fuel, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel-powered wagon finished the 24-hour drive with the on-board computer showing an indicative 619km of range still available - a theoretical range greater than 1500km on a tank of fuel.

Dr Anderson also holds the 12-hour world record, which is 491km.

Mitch Anderson  on his way to setting a  the new world distance of 894.35km in 24 hours.
Mitch Anderson on his way to setting a the new world distance of 894.35km in 24 hours. Contributed


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