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Isle of Wight cyclist named UK super commuter

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:15

YOU don't get the nickname of the UK's super commuter for nothing, but that's the title that has been earned by an Isle of Wight cyclist.
Tim Wiggins, 26, of Sandown, is believed to have cycled the greatest distance to work in the UK, covering 5,322 miles in 2016 as tracked by fitness app, Strava.
As thousands of people prepare to get in the saddle for Cycle to Work Day today (Wednesday), the cycling enthusiast has already commuted 3,894 miles in 2017, expecting to surpass last year's total.
By comparison, according to Strava's end of year report, the average UK commute by bike is just 8.37 miles door-to-door.
In total, Tim, a communications manager at Wiggle.com, cycles the equivalent distance of London to San Francisco each year, just to get to work.
The yearly commute includes an incredible 105,066m of ascent, which would see Tim summit the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, 12 times over.
Tim's daily 37.2 mile commute isn't your average commute either.
Tim regularly includes a detour ride around the Island before boarding the ferry to Portsmouth, where his desk at Wiggle, the world's largest online cycle retailer, awaits.
Tim said: "I commute around ten hours a week, which amounts to between 250-300 kilometres.
"I've been putting in these early morning and evening rides for over five years now, and have commuted on everything from a mountain bike, through to a single speed road bike.
"For those people who have never thought to ride to work each day, I couldn't recommend it more.
"You don't need to take it to the extreme, but you'll find you feel fitter, healthier and much more energised by the time your reach your desk every morning. With the right bike and kit, there's are no excuses not to get on the bike all year round."

 


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