John Hughes Contributing Writer

John Hughes is the author (with Dan Kehlenbach) of Distance Cycling: Your complete guide to long-distance rides, published by Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

John lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he served for 12 years as Managing Director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association and editor of UltraCycling magazine. In 2011 he participated in the International Conference on Cycling and Health in Shanghai, China.

John has earned coaching certifications from USA Cycling and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Since 1994 he has specialized in coaching endurance cyclists from century riders to competitors in the Race Across America.

He enjoys writing and sharing his knowledge with readers at and also for

John has been an endurance cyclist since 1974. John’s cycling career includes course records in the Boston-Montreal-Boston 1200-km randonnée and the Furnace Creek 508, a Race Across AMerica (RAAM) qualifier. He has ridden solo RAAM twice and is a 5-time finisher of the 1200-km Paris-Brest-Paris. Much of this was accomplished during a 24-year career at Stanford University, where he balanced a professional career, family and cycling. For 10 years he lead tours in the west and southwest.

When he isn’t riding on the road John enjoys mountain biking, hiking, XC skiing and snowshoeing.

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johnn's Race Resume

  • 2004 Rocky Mountain 1200 km
  • 1999 Pris-Brest-Paris 1200 km
  • 1996 Race Across America
  • 1995 Oregon North-South record (292 miles in 14:23, still standing)
  • 1995 Leadville MTB 100
  • 1994 Reno-Tucson record (849 miles in 54:17, still standing)
  • 1993 Furnace Creek 508 1989 (course Record)
  • 1992 Boston-Montreal-Boston 1200 km (course record)
  • 1991 Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 km
  • 1989 Furnace Creek 508 1989 (course record)
  • 1987 Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 km
  • 1979 Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 km