James Golding: The man who refused to die

James Golding was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and told his chances of survival were under 5%. Having survived and recovered from cancer twice, James found cycling and has become an ultra endurance world record holder. This year, he is planning to become the first British cyclist to win the Race Across America – one of the hardest bike races on the planet. GCN’s Conor caught up with James in Portugal to hear his inspirational story.


While James may be a late-comer to cycling, he is now well-versed in training for and competing in ultra-endurance events. He has discovered an innate ‘diesel engine’ and talent for endurance riding, including the ability to retain an impressively low heart rate for a long period of time, which gives James a real chance of coming home from RAAM the front runner.

James’s ability to produce power over long periods of time comes down to a unique ability to burn fats and stay aerobic with a low heart rate, despite sustained speeds of 30 kph for 15+ hour days.

By working with InfoCrank in his preparations for RAAM, James will benefit from in-depth analysis of his pedal turn and torque balance over both legs, for sustained periods of time. Data collected over the duration of RAAM will also provide ground-breaking research.

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