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10 December 2010 2 comments
Global Bicycle Race 2012Events Travel & Adventure Cycling
Race Around Ireland has whetted anybody's appetite for a go at Endurance Cycling, an enterprising Englishman has devised a race that could ease newcomers into the discipline. Earlier this year, Vin Cox broke the Guinness World Record for completing an 18000+ mile circumnavigation of the Globe in just over 163 days. By bike. With a Brooks on top, naturally. Some nice leather on the bars too... Click here for a report on their duel from the 1938 Brooks Catalogue. He battled on through it all, though, and the rest, as they say, is history. But ever the consummate gentleman, Vin has announced a plan this week offering other cyclists the opportunity in fifteen months' time to break this self-same record! The 18th February 2012 will mark the start of the Global Bicycle Race. Starting from Black Heath, just south of Greenwich Park, participants will be instructed to "ride east". More specific route choices are left to the individual rider. It is none the less hoped that the quickest should arrive back in Greenwich on or around the 22th of July of the same year, when the 2012 London Olympic Games will be just about to begin. Vin has completed an analysis of his own successful record attempt and concluded that it would be possible with nothing more than a run of fairly good luck to shave ten days off his record. Furthermore, this luck, in the hands of a "stronger rider" than Vin (too modest, Mr. Cox!) could, in theory, result in a cyclist making it back to Black Heath three weeks "early".