Amanda Coker

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Amanda Coker
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Personal information
Born 1992
North Carolina
Team information
Current team Team Twenty20 UCI Women's Professional/Development Team
Discipline Road Racing
Rider type Time Trial
Major wins
UMCA and Guinness Book holder of most miles cycled in a year, fastest person to cycle 100,000 miles, and the most miles cycled in a month

Amanda Coker (born 1992 North Carolina) is an American ultra-cyclist and the current record holder World Endurance record for distance in a calendar year for the most miles ridden on a bicycle in a single year.

Coker first began riding alongside her father, Ricky, as a teenager, and found success as a racer, placing sixth in the time trial at the junior national championships in 2010. She later enrolled at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado as part of a collegiate cycling programs.[1]

In 2011 Coker was hit by a distracted motorist, a crash that threw her 50 feet (15 m) and knocked her unconscious, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury.[1]

She got back on the bike in 2015 after recovering from brain and spinal injuries.[2]

On 15 May 2016 Coker started her ride to set a new mileage record. Riding a course in Flatwoods Park in Tampa Bay she rode 237.19 mi (382 km) a day on average.

She beat Billie Fleming’s record for the greatest distance ridden by a woman with months to spare,[3] after 130 days of riding had managed 29,774 miles – beating the 1938 record of 29,603.7 miles.[4]

In April 2017 she surpassed the previous record of 76,076 mi (122,432 km) set by Kurt Searvogel.[2]

In May 2017 Coker set the new record of 86,573 miles (139,326 km),[3] beating the previous record by over 10,000 miles (16,093 km).[1] During the attempt her longest ride in a single day was 302 mi (486 km) completed on the second to last day.[3]

After setting the new record Coker continued cycling in an effort to ride over 100,000 miles. For 77 years that record was held by Tommy Godwin, who set off on January 1939 and eventually finished his ride after reaching the 100,000 mi (160,934 km) mark in May 1940, after 500 days of cycling.[3] On July 11, 2017 she hit 100,000 mi (160,934 km), after 423 straight days of cycling.[5]

Officially Amazing, South Florida Cycling Quarterly Fall 2017, Paul Hoffman ( Kopeesh ) Page 28,29 https://issuu.com/cyclingquarterly/docs/cqfall102917

  1. ^ a b c Ian Dille (14 May 2017). "Is Amanda Coker For Real?". Bicycling. Rodale Inc. 
  2. ^ a b Simon MacMichael (15 April 2017). "Amanda Coker breaks Kurt Searvogel's Year record - with 40 days to spare". road.cc. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Simon MacMichael (17 May 2017). "Amanda Coker ends epic year of riding with more than 86,000 miles – and is now aiming for 100,000". road.cc. 
  4. ^ Jessica Strange (26 September 2016). "Amanda Coker Smashes Annual Mileage Record". Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Coker still going?".