Two around-the-world cycling speed attempts finished

Posted: Aug 10, 2010 09:31 am EDT

Brit Alan Bate (45), who resides in Thailand, finished his around-the-world cycle speed attempt on August 4, 2010 in Bangkok after 114 days. He nearly collapsed during the last leg in Thailand because of food poisoning.

Four days before Alan another Brit, Vin Cox (35), finished his around-the-world speed attempt, which he completed in 164 days.

Alans European stage

Alan flew from Brazil to Portugal. On his first day of cycling he crashed and got a deep cut in his left calf.

He lost a day and continued through Portugal, Spain and France and said he had a happy ride through the UK. He also cycled through Italy and Greece on his way to India.

Alan said in his dispatch from Italy, Sorry I do not update often, I am shattered and find it difficult to do. [] So, now I am really looking forward to finishing this ride. Cant wait to reach the end.

India and Thailand

Alan said he had the worst experience of his trip through India, a nightmare four days were endured. He didnt say more.

On July 31 he arrived by plane at Chiang Rai Airport, Thailand. He stopped for food and managed to get food poisoning. I completely went to pieces in the last 15 km. Nearly collapsed. He spent the whole night being sick.

On August 1 he said he had to force himself to ride and covered a very slow 200 km. Everyone was a nightmare, he added.

The next day was still bad, but later he felt better and covered 296 km.

On August 4 at 3:15 pm Alan finished at the Grand Palace in Bangkok after 114 days around the world. He says he covered a distance of over 29,000 km; details will follow.

Vin Cox

Vin (35), from Cornwell, UK, set off from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, on February 7, 2010 and arrived back at the same point on August 1.

He wanted to be the first around-the-world speed record holder who visited Africa and South America on the journey; in fact the only continent I'll not visit is Antarctica, he stated on his website.

Vin reported that he submitted his cycling speed record claim on the Guinness World Record: 163 days 6 hours 58min for 18225.7miles.

According to Alan Bate, several records still have to be ratified in Guinness World Record (see below).

Midnight March 31 British professional racing cyclist Alan Bate began an attempt to lower the Round the World Cycling Record to just 99 days. Alan says the current record stands at 165 days by British Julian Sayarer (to be ratified by Guinness). Alan started and will end in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Records

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.

The Route

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 and on to San Francisco, USA to New York. This leg will continue into Canada. A transfer to South America will then see the record attempt travel through Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, 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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Alan Bate: The reception was amazing and I have to say a massive thanks to [] the Grand Palace for allowing us to end our journey at such a sacred location. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Alan Bate, SOURCE
Alan Bate: Sorry I do not update often, I am shattered and find it difficult to do. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Alan Bate, SOURCE
Image of Vin Cox in the Libyan Desert: The traffic [on Libya's north west strip before I'd enter the desert] was terrible, lorries everywhere, and I was forced to crash off the road or be mashed under the approaching hooting truck twice in the first 4 miles. The adrenalin helped get my body working though. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Vin Cox, SOURCE

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