Post by paulstaudigel on Feb 19, 2013 0:12:19 GMT -5
Anyone know of any current FKTs or records that exist for this? The only thing I was able to find was Park Barner's 36:48 in 1976.
From Admin: I'm adding some info to the lead post here. Most of the posts below so far are regarding cycling on the C&O. However, as mentioned, Park Barner ran the whole thing (about 300km) in a race in 1976. His time was 36h48m14s, as reported by Nick Marshall in a 1977 article in the Washington Post. The article says this about Barner's run: "Despite facing sub-freezing temperatures last year, Barner ran the length of the canal in 36:48:14, including several hours of sleep after he'd run 122 miles, a period of dehydration when his handlers missed a rendezvous point along the wooded trail and about 50 miles of making his way through a pitch-black night with a flashlight!" More of Barner's remarkable ultrarunning career is detailed here (following his induction into the American Ultrarunning Association Hall of Fame in 2012).
According to the bike washington website (http://bikewashington.org/canal/plan-days.php) "Paul Gruenberger also claims the unsupported record time of 12 hours and 36 minutes set in September 1991 for the entire C&O. The Supported record is 11 hours 41 minutes." This info has not been updated in some time, but I can find no references of anyone doing it faster. It only refers to the C&O portion of the trail from Cumberland to DC.
C&O plus G.A.P. I set out early on 6/21/15 to ride D.C. to Pittsburgh in one haul on my old road bike with 25mm tire in back (widest it would allow) and 28mm in the front. Encountered withering heat, crushing humidity and LOTS of mud and water getting to Cumberland. Had a pinch flat at mile 50 that cracked my rear rim. I stopped many times at the campsite pumps to wash and dig mud out of brakes and detailers and wash myself off. I was several hours behind schedule at Cumberland, made a motel stop, slept for 5 hours and finished the GAP to Pitts. next day. A few thoughts: 1) I ran into an older couple (well…my age) along the way and they said the C&O used to be dry ALL THE TIME. They feel the trail has been abandoned (maintenance-wise) by the USNPS. Wet and muddy may be the new normal. 2) If the entire 335 miles was like the G.A.P section from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, a road bike with wider tires would be the PERFECT equipment. In the absence of a personal Bicycle Butler to hand you another bike in Cumberland, something a little beefier ( cross bike or GT Grade..?) might be good. (No, I don't work for GT.) 3) As many of you know, the G.A.P. trail is probably the best, non-paved biking surface in the known universe. I rode in 2 hours of heavy rain on day 2 and the G.A.P. trail was just fine, never muddy. Endless thanks to those who have created and continue to maintain this remarkable bike right-of-way. CR