Midnight March 31 British professional racing cyclist Alan Bate will begin an attempt to lower the Round the World Cycling Record to just 99 days. The current record stands at 165 days by British Julian Sayarer (to be ratified by Guinness). Alan will start and end in Bangkok, Thailand.
Alan reported that Mark Beaumont set a record of 195 days for the 18,000 miles. This record was broken twice last year; first to 175 days, broken by British rider, James Bowthorpe and now stands at 165 days by Julian Sayarer (to be ratified by Guinness).
Alan was born on April 1, 1965. At 45 years of age on the first of April, he is twice that of the current record holder said the press release. Alan is based out in Thailand and has been preparing at altitude in the mountains of the north for three years.
The start (and finish) point for the challenge is Bangkok, Thailand, at midnight March 31, Bangkok, Thailand time.
According to Alans website the route will start in Bangkok on March 31, traveling South through Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore. Then from Perth Australia to Brisbane, hugging the coast as much as possible."
"Next is North Island New Zealand, supported by John of Keywin and on to San Francisco, USA to New York. This leg will continue into Canada to Sydney-Canada. A transfer to South America, will then see the record attempt travel through Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil, to the Amazon basin at Recife.
From Brazil, Alan will head for Portugal, Spain, France and across the channel to London, England. Then back to France, visiting Ypres in Belgium and the famous track finish for Paris-Rubaix, where it is hoped to complete a lap. Then, South following the Eastern border of France, passing Monaco, San Remo, Nice and onto Milan, Italy.
The South East coast of Italy will see a ferry crossing to Greece and a stage to Athens, the birthplace of the Olympics. The shortest stage is in UAE, riding from Dubai for approximately 30 km. From here, Alan will head to Agra in India and onto Dhaka, Bangladesh. A transfer to Mae Sai, Thailands most northerly point, then a stage to Chiang Khong before the final marathon stage of 1050 km to end in Bangkok
The record criteria
The record criteria, according to Alans website, requires the rider to cover 28,970 kilometers by bike, in an East to West or West to East direction, wavering no more than 5 degrees off course.
The total journey distance must be a minimum of 40,075 kilometers, to include all transit by flight or sea. The ride must start and finish in the same place and must pass at least two antipodal points (This is two points that line up through the earths center).
When the rider reaches a transit point to connect with a flight or boat to the next continent or country start point, the clock stops with regard to the actual riding time. As most of the earths surface is water, this is unavoidable and fair as it applies to all athletes attempting the record. Once customs is cleared at the next destination, the clock immediately starts again.
The same bicycle must be used throughout the attempt, although repairs and replacement parts and bikes are allowed for mechanical failure. Satellite tracking is highly recommended by Guinness World Records and a daily log, signatures of dignitaries and photographs at strategic points must be collated as evidence.
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