John MacWhae sets UltraCycling Association record

John MacWhae sets UltraCycling Association record

Ride Across Alberta Canada Record July 8, 2021

373.6 km/ 232 miles in 11:39 elapsed time. Average elapsed time speed 32.1km/hr, average riding speed 37.2 km/hr (23.1 mph).

World UltraCycling Association record

I left the Province of British Columbia at the Eastern border at 0640, crossed the Province of Alberta and entered Saskatchewan at 1759 (I didn’t want to be late for dinner). My bike was a custom build by myself with Bacchetta CA 3.0 frame, Lightning cranks, a Zipp disc wheel, etc and a bunch of excellent advice and service from Dana at Bent Up Cycles/Bacchetta. Note tiller steering with hands behind my knees in the picture.

A fantastic crew headed by Sandra Kunzel took care of everything. I had a backup CA 2.0 which I used parts from but didn’t ride. I had three flat tires (two in the rain during the first two hours) due to road conditions.

I first became interested in the record after I returned to cycling, on a recumbent, after not being able to ride for 10 years due to arthritis. I then had a flare-up and put the idea on hold for 10 years as I recovered and then progressed further in my cycling. I was aged 59 at the time of the record. I’m dreaming of future adventures on the CA 3.0.
Happy trails,
John McWhae

Dana Lieberman|

Dana has been riding recumbents for 25 years. Whether bicycle touring, racing, commuting or just riding with the family, he has ridden almost everything out there and has no problem telling you what he thinks! Owner of Bent Up Cycles and Bacchetta Bikes, Dana is passionate about turning new riders on to the joy of recumbent cycling. He also enjoys reading SciFi, hiking in the SoCal mountains and sipping a Chai Latte at the local coffee shop!
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I’ve only been riding a bentbike, bacchetta Giro , For two months, and I find the steering very twitchy. Would it be less twitchy if I used a tiller for steering . I find it quite nerve-racking, the way it is now with my knees behind the handlebars. Thanks Ted

Ted Cantle


David Hoover

Good to see another B cyclist with a tiller.

Dan Fallon

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