First up because i've actually met the guy, Chris Brock (who i mentioned a few weeks ago) has set off on the 2015 Bridge to Bridge ride, riding from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money for the Brain Cancer Foundation.
Then there's Dave Alley, who broke the round australia cycling record in 2011 (so it's not as though he doesn't know better) and is now out to break the round australia running record.
Seriously, 14,200kms and he's doing it on foot like some kind of ape. If it wasn't for the fact he's raising money for the White Cloud Foundation (which helps those suffering from depression) i'd write him off as a complete idiot. I mean look at this shit!
And while we're on the topic of fucked up feet, Steve Abraham over in the UK was hit by a drunk on a moped at the end of March, while attempting to break the 76yr old record for distance cycled in one year (nearly 121,000 kms!). After a couple of weeks off, he hopped (see what i did there?) onto a recumbent trike to start doing 100 miles every day with one leg.
But then the year record does attract individuals with "unusual" mental traits, like the American challenger Kurt Searvogel, who got sick recently and took a day or two off to get some IV bags before continuing to pile on the miles.
Or the Aussie competitor, Miles Smith, who has a giant chainring on his bike to distract himself from the fact that he is going to be doing 320+kms every single day for a year in and around the arsehole of the Earth.
What's that they say about the line between genius and insanity?