What’s the Farthest You’ve Ridden in a Day?

Have you heard of the Saddle Sore 1000 Challenge?

It involves a motorcyclist riding 1000 miles in a 24- hour period. These riders must document the trip with pictures and receipts, and at the end of this journey, they can be recognized by the Iron Butt Association for this achievement. Iron Butt riders are considered the toughest in the world, but endurance rider Carl Reese makes them look like newbies. 

The Farthest You’ve Ridden in a Day Is Carl’s Morning Warm Up 

Carl Reese has broken nine world records in the past two years. Among those records, he has driven a Tesla Model S from coast to coast in 58 hours and 55 minutes. He has also ridden a motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York in 38 hours and 49 minutes. However, those records were only the start for Reese. 

Back in 2014, Matther McKelvey set a record for the longest ride in 24 hours on a closed course. He road for 2023.5 miles according to Guinness World Book of Records. So, Reese talked to the people at Continental Tires, gathered up some sponsors, and took his record breaking bike—the Spirit of Cannonball Baker—to Uvalde, Texas. 

There, in the middle of Texas wilderness just outside of San Antonio, sits the Continental Tire Proving Grounds. It is an 8.5-mile closed circuit used to test the durability and road worthiness of Continental tires. This track is closed to the public, and it’s where Reese took his record setting “Spirit of Cannonball Baker” to set one more record. 

The crew started at 4:27 am on February 25th. Reese reached a top speed of 141 mph, an average speed of 88.3 mph, and he traveled 2119 miles in 22 hours and 52 minutes. Before he could reach the 24-hour mark, Reese was called into the pits, having used up the entire allotted amount of tires he had available for the attempt. On February 26th at 3:49 am, Reese’s attempt ended and he became the new holder of the record for the most miles ridden in a less than 24 hours on a closed course. 

What an amazing feat! Do you think you could handle a ride that intense? How many pit stops do you think the record took? Is there a Coloradoan bold enough to be the next rider to attempt this feat? We’ll keep an eye out for all those answers, so keep following your Metier Law Firm motorcycling attorneys on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

Tom Metier

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