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