GLOBE BENT
my shot at the guinness world record.
29000km around the world bicycle race.
GLOBE
BENT
My name is Bruce Gordon. I'm a 48 year old roofing contractor living on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada. In January 2009, I was taking a break from roofing&#160; and hanging out in the Kootenays with my family. Alpine skiing at White Water and Nordic skiing up near Paulson Summit. Really enjoying the down time (no pun intended) and doing a little research on the California desert ride Ken and I were planning for march. I stumbled across</font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisisnotforcharity.com/"> Julian Sayarers</a></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"> website and was instantly seduced. I read everything there was to read and clicked on every link.<br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">That led me to Steve Strange who set the record in 2005 at 276 days. In 2008,&#160; </font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.worldrecordsacademy.org/sports/fastest_person_to_cycle_around_the_world_world_record_set_by_Mark_Beaumont_80149.htm">Mark Beaumon</a></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"><a target="_blank" fastest_person_to_cycle_around_the_world_world_record_set_by_Mark_Beaumont_80149.htm">t</a></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"> raised the bar by completing his global circumnavigation in 194 days. <br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">I discovered </font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"><a target="_blank" round-the-world-cycling-record">James Bowthorpe</a></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"> was riding around the planet at the same time as Julian and proceeded to devour everything on his website. He finished in 176 days. Julian in 175.<br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">Each of these riders were competing in accordance to the strict rules set down by </font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">. I wont go into all the details since you can read about them on their websites or on GWRs. Julian's site lays out everything in a very clear and concise fashion.&#160; I'm guessing you wont be able to turn away from mine without clicking on some if not all of the others.<br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">At some point during all this global circumnavigation surfing I was doing, the idea that I could probably ride around the planet, cycling&#160; some 29000 kilometers in under 175 days, solidified. I did the math. Gave myself a daily average of 200k . 145 days. That's a 30 day window over Sayarers time.&#160; (I plan to do better than 200k/day. I just used that as a guideline).<br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">So, tentatively, hearing the words stumble forth from my mouth for the first time as if they were coming from someone else, I voiced my idea to Jessica. Jessie who has always been very supportive and encouraging (or maybe the correct adjectives are patient and enduring) about my twice annual bike tours as well as the BCBikeRace, the TransRockies, 24hrs solo,&#160; the Test of Metal, and all the local xc races, didn't even bat an eye.&#160; I told her what I meant to do and though I'm sure she thought it a crazy idea that would probably never come to pass, told me to &quot;go for it&quot;.&#160; At least that's what I recall her saying. Maybe it was actually &quot;oh forget it&quot;. At any rate, she hasn't threatened to leave me or throw all my belongings out into the yard and change the locks if I persist so she must really love me:)<br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">In 2010, 2 more cyclists completed the challenge. both destroying the previous record. Cyclist </font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.greatbikeride.com/">Vin Cox</a></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"> finished in 163 days and</font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.worldcyclingrecord.com/"> Alan Bate</a></font><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">, the only one of the bunch lucky enough to make the trip (or 2/3rds the trip) with a support crew and vehicle finished in a blistering 113 days. That's an average of some 257kms/day. The guys a machine. Though Guinness has yet acknowledged his accomplishment.<br></font></div><div><font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" color="#FFFFFF" class="size10 Helvetica10">Dispite the fact that mine is an unsupported adventure and I'm the oldest guy to take a kick at the can, I'm still going for it.&#160; Besides, I've got a secret weapon. Something that just might give me an edge.It's called... BACCHETTA.







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