American Doctor Misses World Cycling Record by 4 minutes, 57 Seconds
American doctor misses world cycling record by 4 minutes, 57 Seconds
(Vocus) June 12, 2010 -- Heartbreaking is the only way to describe Dan McGehee’s third attempt at the 100-mile
cycling track world record. He started his attempt at 10:13 am, June 12th, which is when his daughter Hope was
born. Today, he missed the record by only 4 minutes and 57 seconds. At noon, he was on track to beat the record
after 467 of the 643.75 laps. Twenty minutes later, McGehee's pace started to slow a little, according to Seth
Hassell of Doctor Finders. The current record is held by Rod Evans at 3:47:26
Deciding to go for a third attempt was a tough decision for McGehee after experiencing the physical exhaustion
of such an attempt. Whether or not he will try again, is a decision McGehee will make after he’s re-cooperated.
A broken foot in a track race pushed McGehee into the world of cycling. McGehee has since competed in over
100 triathlons and twice participated in the Kona Ironman Triathlon World Championships. In addition to being
the current UMCA 100-mile Road Record holder, McGehee’s accomplishments include numerous victories in
ultra-endurance races with distances of over 500 miles.
Training for the event included sleeping in an oxygen tent, cycling 300-500 miles per week and eating and
sleeping well. However, McGehee made sure his optometry business did not suffer and was not sacrificed in lieu
of his record attempt. McGehee spent the last two weekends on call so he could take this weekend off to attempt
“I’m definitely disappointed. I did the best I could and that's all I can ask of myself,” says McGehee. Life will
continue as usual for McGehee, including volunteering to talk to kids about cycling and donating time and
services to underprivileged people who need eye care. McGehee who is a member of RideClean promotes cycling
without the use of performance enhancing drugs.
“We are so proud of Dan,” says Clint Ethington of D