Episode 143

Michael Broadwith: The record breaking cyclist, dad and maths teacher

Michael Broadwith got into cycling after his parents brought him a bike after graduating from Oxford University. Since then he's won multiple national 24 hour time trials, he broke the long standing Lands End-John O'Groats record in 2018 and he also holds the fastest time for Edinburgh to London. In 2022 he took on the famous Trans Continental Race across Europe for the first time. Michael has four children and also has a busy job as a teacher. So how does he do it?

You'll hear:

5:30 Michael's recovery after the Trans Continental Race (TCR,) a long distance cycling race across Europe, including sore fingers and feet and poor sleep because of anxiety dreams and panic attacks. Michael also talks about the intensity of the 12 days he spent racing and whether he enjoyed it or not.

13:00 The difficulties of sleeping and hydrating during such a long race and how tough the last day is.

15:00 How TCR compares to Michael's Lands End-John O'Groats (end to end) record.

18:00 What Michael's diet looked like on the TCR, including a pepper one day.

20:30 Why Durmitor National Park in Montenegro is up there with Michael's favourite place on the TCR.

22:30 How Michael trains for TCR with a very demanding job and 4 children.

25:30 Some top kit wins for long distance cycling events ,including bivvy set up, light system and food holders. Bivvying v hotels.

41:30 Why life is 'ludicrous' when it comes to juggling home life and work and why bike commuting is so important for Michael.

35:30 Why Michael is so passionate about bikes to explore further than you think and how it can expand your horizons.

40:30 Michael talks about the LEJOG record and why breaking a big challenge down is so crucial, because he wanted to quit with 11 hours to go, but his wife Helen challenged him to cycle 20 more minutes and how you can turn a bad patch around.

49:00 Why you should give a 12 or 24 hour Time Trial a crack.

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Helen has been working in triathlon for a decade as an athlete, coach and broadcaster.

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