Brit Richard Nutt in battle with Canadian Dave Pecuch for the most miles logged during June on Strava

With just over one week to go, British rider Richard Nutt lies in second place from the 137,931 people taking part in the Strava June MTS mileage challenge worldwide.

Nutt is 390.5 kilometres behind Canadian, Dave Pecuch, while a new name has roared into the reckoning, that of Joan Deitchman of Cupertino, California, who lies third with 5184.5 kilometres. She’s also Canadian and was the second placed woman in the 2012 solo Race Across America, the RAAM.

Nutt had a scare last week when one of his rides was flagged after he uploaded it. “I rode 309 kilometres but it said 349 when it was uploaded. I think there was a problem with satellite connectivity on part of the ride,” he told us. It took a while, but after a bit of to and fro with the Strava Corporation, Nutt’s real distance for the ride was allowed.

He’s still getting tremendous local support and riding partners and says he feels; “Okay so far, I think. I did over 1000 miles last week, and all being well I’ll beat my target of 5,500 kilometres soon. Recently Matt Thompson of Elite Sports Massage has been keeping my legs in shape, while Dave Marsh of the Universal Cycle Centre has dealt with any bike mechanicals that have cropped up.

“The local wildlife haven’t been so helpful, though. Last Sunday morning I spooked two deer while riding past a small wood and they bolted in front of me, nearly knocking me off. Then next day I had a close shave with a squirrel, but I was out at 4am, so it wouldn’t have been expecting a cyclist. Rabbits are a bit unpredictable early in a morning too,” he says.

As I write this the total distance ridden by all participants is a staggering 58,890,118 kilometres. The best World Tour pro rider taking the challenge is BMC’s Marcus Burghardt, who’s in 23rd place with 2948.5 kilometres. You can follow Richard and everybody else’s progress on the Strava June MTS page.

Strava June MTS, 25 June 2014, 9.25am

Strava June MTS, 25 June 2014, 9.25am