The Record

As I’ve mentioned in the summary, I’m hoping to become the youngest person ever to do this. However I should point out that this is unofficial. Guinness World Records have told me they no longer cover ‘youngest person’ records and despite a few emails back and forth they won’t give me a proper reason why. I’m assuming they don’t want to encourage youngsters to take on potentially dangerous challenges like climbing Everest, sailing solo around the world… or cycling solo around the world.

Because of this though, there are no official records of anyone younger who has done it. I’m aware that people younger than me have started on cycle trips around the world, but if all goes to plan, I’ll finish it at a younger age. I’m planning on taking around 200 days to complete the ride (it may go a bit over that if I get distracted). The current record for fastest circumnavigation stands at 125 days, held by Briton Alan Bate.

Having said this, if you know someone younger than me who has completed this challenge (and have proof) please let me know and I’ll stop bragging.
Despite the lack of an official record, I still want to complete this challenge more-or-less within the official guidelines for cycling around the world; which are as follows:

1 -The same bike (frame) must be used throughout unless it’s damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this shouldn’t be a problem. I’m hoping my Steel framed Condor Fratello will be perfect for the job.

2 – No drafting… I’m probably going to ignore this rule

3 – Start and finish points must be the same. Hopefully no problem there, planning to start in London or, failing that, Caen in France.

4 – The journey should be continual and in one direction. Any considerable distance travelled opposite to the direction of the attempt will be discounted from final calculations of distance travelled. Save for a short hop back from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok, my entire journey is essentially eastwards. That said I’m being fairly lax on this rule, I’m going to the places I really want to see (take a look at my route here: The Route ) and as it’s not an official record attempt, I’ve decided not to restrict myself too much. My initial proposed route has also changed in the last couple of months due to current political climates and problems getting visas.

5 – The total distance travelled (by plane, boat, bike – anything) must exceed the length of the equator – 24,900 miles (40,075km). The total distance travelled by bike must exceed 18,000 miles (28,970km). This is the rule I’d really like to hit, so I’m planning to follow that one pretty closely. At the moment, the planned route easily exceeds 18,000 miles.

6 – Use of private or chartered transport (including taxis) is not permitted. I have no idea whether this could become an issue – hopefully not.

7 – You must pass through two approximate antipodal points (opposite points on the Earth). For instance, Wellington (NZ) and just north of Madrid (Spain). Have a play with this website if you really have nothing to do:
http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/antipode-map/#.VHYgzot6wUU
For a full list of rules and regulations as sent to me by Guinness World Records click here:
79886 fastest circumnavigation by bicycle – male

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