the cur­rent (un­of­fi­cial) record for cy­cling the length of Route 66. It was set by US cy­clist Danielle Gir­dano in 2016

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Bike­setc’s own Pav Bryan (left) is plan­ning to cy­cle al­most the en­tire width of the the US to es­tab­lish a new World Record. The top cy­cling coach and colum­nist is aiming to ride the 2,451 mile route from Chicago, Illi­nois, to Los An­ge­les in Cal­i­for­nia in just 10 days. That’s an aver­age of around 250 miles a day! ‘We’re wait­ing on the of­fi­cial route but it’ll prob­a­bly fol­low the Ad­ven­ture Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion’s Bi­cy­cle Route 66 which runs close to the orig­i­nal high­way – much of which is now gone,’ Pav told us from Cal­i­for­nia, where he’s cur­rently based. ‘We’re look­ing to com­plete it in 10, maybe 12 days. The plan is to do it next Septem­ber – a time of year which could make things in­ter­est­ing. The weather then is likely to be fairly cold at the start in Chicago with things warm­ing up con­sid­er­ably as we head fur­ther west – al­though there’s the po­ten­tial to run into snow by the time we get to Ari­zona!’ Pav will also have to cross deserts, scale moun­tains and deal with the fact that be­cause of Amer­ica’s unique ge­og­ra­phy, winds pre­dom­i­nantly blow from west to east in the US. Not that he’s tak­ing on the chal­lenge merely for the glory. He told us: ‘The idea is to raise aware­ness for an awe­some new char­ity called In­ner­cy­cle, which uses cy­cling to help peo­ple over­come men­tal-health is­sues through the pro­vi­sion of bikes, coach­ing and long-term sup­port.’ Watch this space for more news on Pav’s progress, who you’ll also find at the back of the mag dol­ing out gen­er­ous scoops of great ad­vice in his monthly col­umn. See chika­ma­trust.org to find out more about In­ner­cy­cle.

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