It’s official: Vin Cox is the fastest round-the-world cyclist

Cornish cyclo-crosser's place in the record books confirmed

by Martin Thomas   September 9, 2010  

Vin Cox (09/10)

Finally it’s official: Vin Cox is the new Guinness World Record holder for “fastest circumnavigation by bicycle”.

As we reported last month, 34 year-old Cox finished his 18,172-mile journey on 1 August.

The Cornish cyclo-cross racer’s official time is 163 days 6 hours and 58 minutes. That’s a little over a month faster than Mark Beaumont's previous record time of 194 days and 17 hours for his 18,296 mile journey. It’s also faster than the unratified attempts made by James Bowthorpe and Julian Sayerer in 2009.

Vin travelled through 17 countries, with the challenge starting and finishing in Greenwich, London, to raise money for the Geoff Thomas Foundation, which works with the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to get advanced new treatments to patients more quickly. To make a donation visit Vin's Just Giving page. He hopes to raise £1 for every mile he rode.

The challenge began in February in temperatures as low as -7C, but they soon rose to as much as 50C hotter in the heat of North Africa. Vin and his Alfine-hubbed Genesis Croix De Fer rolled on through India, Asia, Australia, the USA, and returned through Europe.

Vin said: “Events, people, and places were exciting all the way; from the depths of dysentery in Libya and being detained by police in Indonesia, to the highs of receiving random acts of kindness or seeing the sea after thousands of miles in-land.”

There is not a set route for circumnavigation record attempts, but there are rules. They specify some criteria for the route, above all; starting and finishing in the same place, travelling at least 18,000 miles and not back-tracking.

“My route is special,” said Vin, “not only did I plan to break the record, I wanted to have a proper adventure. I wanted to be the first record holder who's visited Africa and South America on the journey; in fact the only continent I didn’t visit is Antarctica because it's got no roads and is a bit cold.”

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My congrats go straight out to him. well done vin on not only completing the journey, but beating the record too.

shame that Alan bate came along a few days after you finished and slashed it down to 113 days (although it isn't confirmed yet? so there's still the chance of disqualification)
But we'l see shortly.
personally, for my attempt, i hope Alan hasn't beat it by that much!

Congratulations again Vin.

David Clark- Competing in the 1st ever Global race, covering 18,000miles in over 20 Countries. 18th February 2012.
While trying to break the following world records at the same time;
- Fastest person to cycle the world
-Youngest person to cycle the wor

posted by David cycling t... [66 posts]
9th September 2010 - 23:02


50 days is a BIG drop. I do wonder!?

Not long finished Marc Beaumont's book and though it is interesting in parts is does illustrate the mind set needed to complete a project like this.

I certainly could not do it OR would even wan to try to attempt to do it/beat it.

Interesting but not sure that these marathons are healthy.

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posted by bikeandy61 [495 posts]
10th September 2010 - 1:08


50 days is a BIG drop. I do wonder!?

he was fully supported though, right? it's a bit of a nonsense that the folks at GWR make no distinction

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7857 posts]
10th September 2010 - 9:31

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BTW Vin's route didn't cover South America in the end - half way across the states he said he was heading for europe instead.

Not sure why, Vin didn't explain when he announced it.

posted by bazzargh [147 posts]
10th September 2010 - 15:50

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