Danny Crushes Distance Records
2000 Hell Week: Danny Breaks His Own 1999 Hell Week Mileage Record.
FRESH BACK FROM BREAKING HIS OWN HELLWEEK MILEAGE RECORD IN TEXAS, DANNY ESTABLISHED THE FOLLOWING DISTANCE RECORDS AT THE HALF MILE WASHINGTON BLVD. TRACK IN PITTSBURGH ALL ON THE SAME RIDE ON APRIL 20, 2000
5 mile[10laps]in 11:45 - not a record.
10 mile[20 laps]in 23:30 a new record!
25.22 miles in the first hour - a new record!
50 mile[100 laps]in 2:02:25 - a new record beating his
old record set last year by at least 35 seconds!
100 mile[200 laps]in 4:07:04 - a new record beating
his old record[4:08:32]set last year by 1:28! Average
speed of 24.28 mph.
He used a 53 x 15 gear the whole time. Set up two
extra water bottles before hand to feed himself with.
Thanks to Johnny Knotts for refilling his bottles for
him. Thanks to Billy Kanarek for riding behind him
the last 30 miles - coaching him & giving him two much
needed Power Gels. Chew's new nickname will have to
become Mr. 4:07 now instead of 4:08.
Is there anybody else out there man enough to attempt____________________________________________________________________________
beating Chew's 100 mile record? Mike Friedman? Don't
knock it til you try it!
Besides cycling throughout the year, my winter training regime includes
climbing the stairs of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning Building and the One Oxford Centre Building.
THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH'S CATHEDRAL OF
LEARNING BUILDING (FROM GROUND FLOOR TO 36TH
FLOOR) STEP CLIMBING RECORDS:
One Time Up: 3:38 by Daniel Chew on 1/19/1993
One Time Up, Female: 5:22 by 51 year old Laura Hruby Dick on 2/12/2012
One Time Up(every step): 4:32.77 by Steve Kurpiewski on 2/18/2014
Fastest Average Time(climbing time only)for 8 consecutive times up:
4:36 by Matt Meehan on 12/8/1999
Fastest Time(climbing time only)for 6 consecutive alternating times up:
4:30 or better by Matt Meehan
Most Consecutive under[sub]5:00 climbs[climbing time only]alternating times up:
15 times up by Daniel Chew on 11/17/1999
One Hour: 9 times up by Daniel Chew on 1/18/1998(done as the second
hour of his Two Hour Record) and by Kirk Framke on 3/5/1998
Two Hour: 17.33 times up by Daniel Chew on 1/18/1998
12 Hour: 86 times up in 12 Hours, 2 Minutes by Daniel Chew on 1/9/1993
Honorable Mention: 52 times up in 7 Hours by Matt Meehan on 1/9/1993
ONE OXFORD CENTRE BUILDING (45 FLOORS)
STEP CLIMBING RECORD:
One Time Up: 4:16 by Daniel Chew on 2/4/1993_____________________________________________________________________________
DANNY REMEMBERS HIS FIRST DOUBLE CENTURY AT AGE 10 IN 1973
There is a 200 mile ride touring event that is still held every 4th of July weekend in Western Ohio known as Midwest Double Century or MDC. Well back in 1973 at age 10, my whole family went to this event. I had a Sears Free Spirit 10 speed bike without any toe clips or straps even [all the good racing bikes were equipped with these back then]which weighed a ton, but it was my first ten speed bike so I was thrilled to be on it. The ride consists of a big 150 mile 'day' loop followed by three 17 mile night loops. Since my older brother Tom and older sister Carol were so much faster than me back then, they rode with the faster groups which were way ahead of me.
I rode the first 100 miles with my father who had to stop after that because of a badly bruised rear end [Hurray for the thick gel-like seat pads of today!]. Since I was so young, I had to be chaparoned with an adult at all times on the ride. That honor went to Bob Ault of Marion who took over as my riding partner after my father quit. I remember going into a bar/restaurant along the route in which I heard the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water" blaring while I ordered some french fries with lots of extra [calories] ketchup.
At some time/point on the ride, either my front or rear derailluer cable broke restricting the 10 gears that I had for the rest of the ride. After completeing the 150 mile loop well after dark, I kept going into a truckstop restaurant to get hot soup in between my night loops. Two other riders present with me on those night loops were teenager Jan Beveridge [on my 1995 RAAM Chew Crew] and a girl my own age by the name of Carol Haines both from Marion. Because we had such poor bike lights back then, a van followed behind us for extra light. I can remember starting to dose off on my bike in the wee hours of the morning only to be sharply awakened by the sound of screaching brake pads on rims just in time to keep from crashing. I finally finished with only a half hour to spare in the alotted 24 hour time limit extremely tired [but not RAAM tired] and relieved to be able to finally climb off my bike for good, and get some much needed sleep.
I think my brother and sister may have finished the whole ride in daylight hours, and my mother rode 80 some miles stopping for cigarette breaks along the way with her sister Ruth. I would return to that same ride some 14 years later in 1987 as a seasoned Pro to set the new course record of 9:30 which was really long at 206 miles. I saw the same guy Bob Ault [who remembered me] on one of my extra bonus night loops which I did easy with him after completing the whole ride so early. I got 285 miles that day which was done in all daylight hours, and was my new longest single ride at the time which held until I rode just over 400 miles to my brother's house in Indiana while training for the RAAM Open East in Johnstown, NY which I won that year  beating out Premanda Childs [2nd place] and Pat Ward [3rd place] who I met both for the first time there.