To join the 300,000 club you have to have cycled 300,000 miles, on a moving machine (so no turbo "mileage") in your lifetime and be able to provide evidence of that. To date there have only ever been 153 members accepted into the "club" and there are currently 60 members.
The club has a nice little website with a bit about the history and a list of current and former members - worth a read if you are suffering from lockdown boredom (or even if you aren't):
Some notable names on the list:
- Russ Mantle who recently racked up his millionth mile.
- George Berwick - prolific time triallist who I believe has completed more 24 hour races than anyone else.
- Jim Hopper - tricycling time triallist.
- Robin Johnson - prolific time trial organiser from Brighton. Rode out MTT many years ago as he had never done a TT in our district before, so drove from Brighton especially for it.
- Harry Lodge - pro rider from the 1990s, and supplier of our club kit 10 years ago.
- Mike Westmorland - Border City Wheeler and organiser of lakes & Lancs SPOCO for some years, regular participant in our MTT.
Of course you not only have to ride that many miles but also be one of those people who records their mileage. My dad recorded my mileage from when I first started riding aged 4 (19 miles that year!), and I just continued doing that. Earlier this year I rediscovered a missing year of mileage paperwork (worth 5,000 miles) which lead to me adding up my current total. Reaching 300,000 miles is not an ambition of mine, but with good health and a following wind I may get there. About 130,000 of my miles have been since the age of 18, so continuing at just above that rate could get me within spitting distance by the age of 80.
So who are the biggest mile-eaters in the club? I would put my bets on those who have raced, toured and / or audaxed. Hugh Harrison would be my bet for highest mileage (he has one or two years on most members too). Aidan Hedley must have knocked out a mile or two in his time and Anne Young. I bet Keith Aungiers has too.