The World Record for cycling around the world is one of the most challenging Guinness World Records. It requires the cyclist to complete over 18,000 miles traversing all the major continents. The current world record is held by Vincent Cox in a time of 163 days, 6 hours (average of 110 miles ad day.
In 2003, Guinness changed the rules for the Cycling around the world record. The official rules require the cyclist to complete 18,000 miles+ by land, and another 8,000+ by sea or air, via two antipodal points.
World Record Holders for Cycling Around the World
- Steve Strange. – On 13 February 2005, Steve completed the first record attempt under these new Guinness rules, completing the distance in 276 days and 19 hours.
- Mark Beaumont. On 14 February 2008, Mark Beaumont completed a circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle in 194 days and 17 hours.
- James Bowthorpe – In September 2009 completed an unratifiied circumnavigation in 175 days.
- Julian Sayarer – In June 2010 J- time of 169 days
- Vincent Cox – In August 2010 Vincent Cox. Completed the cycle around the world in a time of 163 days 6 hours 58 minutes for 18225.7 miles. Guinness have confirmed this as new record.
Mark Beaumont’s Record
Mark Beaumont on his way around the world.
Mark Beaumont, 25 years old from Scotland has become the fastest man to cycle around the world, taking 81 days of the previous record. Although, not officially confirmed, Guinness said it is very likely a new record will be set. Mark Beaumont cycled the 18,000 miles in 195 days and six hours, averaging 91 miles a day.
On route Mark faced many challenges, one of which was to find suitable food. In Australia and US, he said his diet was pretty meagre living off fast food and Mars Bars – a diet which slowed him down considerably. Apart from his diet, he was knocked off his bike by a motorist driving through a red light in Texaz. He was also robbed when he stayed in a motel full of crack addicts. He cycled around the world on a £2,500 road bike, carrying 81kg of equipment, including his own tent. His ride gained considerable media interest; when he finished in Paris yesterday he had difficulty getting to the finish line, there were so many people. Well, as we say in cycling “Chapeau Mark!”
- Mark’s weblog of his ride with photo gallery – Pedalling around
- Donate to Mark’s charities at Artemis cycle challenge
- Guardian article on Mark Beaumont
James Bowthorpe’s Record for Cycling around the world.
Bowthorpe’s route took him through Europe, Iran, India, South-East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and North America.
Difficulties along the way included an attempted mugging in Iran (he was helped by passers by – and was considered to be quite lucky), severe stomach problems resulting from a snack at Calcutta airport, a collision with a wombat in Australia that catapulted him off the bike and a mid-summer crossing of one of the USA’s hottest regions.
He rode a Santos Travelmaster Alu 2.6 with hydraulic rim brakes, Rohloff hub and belt-drive system, which required just one change, due to an initial misalignment of the belt. See review of Santos Touring Bikes
- James Bowthorpe at Bike Radar
Vincent Cox’s Record
In Vincent’s epic breaking world record, He encountered floods, gale force winds, 10ft snow drifts and roads closed by an earthquake; survived dysentery, being chased by wild dogs, and being detained by police in Indonesia and arrested in Egypt. Vincent was self-sufficient using a dynamo from his front wheel to charge his mobile phone. (his running repairs included 13 tyres, 11 chains and 3 bottom bracket bearings
Why Cycle Around the World
As Vincent Cox said, the hardest thing was often answering the question ‘why?’ Many people asked him this. He relied
‘I think there’s also a belief that we’re defined to a certain extent by what we do – and I like to do a lot.’