Cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe in 19 days 4 hours

He’s been around the world seven times and holds the Guin­ness World Record for the fastest cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion by bike

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“There are ac­tu­ally rules to cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the world. I trav­elled 19,300 miles, but to achieve the record and say you have cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe you need to go to an­tipo­dal points, which are points di­rectly op­po­site one an­other if you draw a line through the cen­tre of the world, then you have to cross the equa­tor and visit a se­ries of con­ti­nents and travel a min­i­mum of 18,000 miles in the same di­rec­tion. When you aren’t phys­i­cally mov­ing on the bike the days aren’t counted, so you can cross oceans by plane or boat, but it’s still a mas­sive task.

“You need to av­er­age just over 1000 miles a day, which is a tough feat of en­durance. When I set the record I did it on a Yamaha YZF-R1 and it was more a men­tal chal­lenge than a phys­i­cal one. The rid­ing it­self wasn’t hard as you get used to the bike and you find a comfortable way to ride, but it is the sleep de­pri­va­tion that gets you. I didn’t give my­self the op­tion to fail and just dug deep, even when it was very hard.

“I found the best way was to take a power nap ev­ery three or four hours for 15 min­utes, treat­ing my­self to three hours sleep in a ho­tel ev­ery three days. You don’t ride your­self into the ground un­til you fall off; you break the jour­ney up and give your­self brief sleep points.

“To suc­ceed and set an en­durance record you need to be in­cred­i­bly men­tally tough as it is a real feat of en­durance.”

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