Mike Hall set world record for world cycling record

Mike Hall set world record for world cycling record

Mike Hall has won the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour. He rode into Greenwich Observatory today in Britain where he departed exactly 92 days from when he left.

He travelled 24,900 miles and biked 18,000 of them through 20 countries and four continents. He also raised money for the Newborn Vietnam charity, a UK registered charity dedicated to reducing neonatal mortality in South East Asia, with a specific focus on Vietnam.
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His average distance over the 92 days was an amazing 200 miles (300 km) a day. Mike Hall has also broken the previous record of around the world cycling record set by Alan Bate in 2010. According to Guinness, Bate circumnavigated the globe in 106 days, 10 hours and 33 minutes. Of course Guinness still has to confirm this new record.

Guinness World Records has decided that instead of having to bike for the whole circumference of the globe, the record is set by riding at least 18,000 and traveling at least 25,000. This allows for transport across Oceans by airlines etc. The rules state “the journey should be continuous and in one direction (East to West or West to East), that the minimum distance ridden should be 18,000 miles, and that the total distance travelled by the bicyle and rider should exceed an Equator’s length, i.e. 24,900 miles.” They also state that: “Any considerable distance travelled opposite to the direction of the attempt must be discounted from any calculations of the overall distance travelled,” and that the route must be ridden through two approximate antipodal points (opposite points on the globe.}

Hall he started in Britain and was racing against 8 other riders. First he biked through all of Europe. Then he flew from Turkey to southern India, where he biked almost to the Bangladesh border. From there, he flew to Australia, crossed that entire continent on a bike, went on to New Zealand and then flew to Vancouver. From Vancouver he rode along the west coast of the United States and through the entire country ending up in Portland, Maine. Then he flew to Portugal and biked back to England to finish the race on this special day… his birthday.

“‘There’s been some moments, some kind of breakdowns, but I keep the breakdowns on the bike, I don’t stop for those.’

“He said the worst thing to happen during the race was when he rode into a hole in Albania. ‘I broke my bike but managed to fix it with some parts I had, then had to ride through the night to get to Greece. There were a few close calls with traffic, but I just tried to keep safe, keep vigilant.

Race Status Finished
Last Update Rec’d 11:59:59 AM (GMT) 06/04/12
Current speed 9.4 kph
SPOT Distance covered 26190.99 km
Moving Time 77:13:15
Stopped Time 29:13:38
Moving Average Speed 39.7 kph

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