Updated with pics - Bowthorpe smashes round the world record…Well done James!

Bowthorpe lops three weeks off Mark Beaumont's round the world record

by Tony Farrelly   September 21, 2009  

After 175 days and 18,602 miles riding his belt drive Santos tourer in a bid to raise £1.8m for research into Parkinson's Disease James Bowthorpe today made back to where it all started on the 29th of March, the bandstand at Hyde Park Corner.

The media were out in force to welcome him back and he rode the last leg accompanied by a peloton of cyclists. In a typically British touch a police car stopped to see what all the suspicious looking activity was about. Nothing though was going to spoil the moment and what has been without doubt a tremendous cycling acheivement.

road.cc's Simon MacMichael was on hand, fresh from the finish of the Tour of Britain, to grab a few words with James and quite a few pictures too. Check back tomorrow for more of both. For now though we'll just say: Well done Mr Bowthorpe - Chapeaux!

To give you a flavour of his final day in the saddle here are the last few tweets of the trip

I'm on the Surrey Bike Way, it's really beautiful, recommend it: http://yfrog.com/0rktbqj
about 5 hours ago from Tweetie

Great day for a bike ride, clear sky not hot! Anyone unsure of meet points they are at globecycle.org/blog : so glad the world isn't bigger.
about 7 hours ago from Tweetie

After all that time not losing anything, left my wallet on the ferry! They have it tho, so it's ok. Sitting w/ mum, waiting for 7am.
about 13 hours ago from Tweetie

Off I go to the Guildhall then final 80 miles. Can't wait for tomorrows lie-in! Will be great to cycle through hometurf today...

James rode around the world in record time to raise money for research into Parkinson's Disease, the hard part of that effort starts now, turning his record breaking feat into £1.8m – the target he has set himself to raise i you can help him get there by making a donation at  www.justgiving.com/globecycle.


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There is another rider coming up fast behind. His name is Julian Sayerer and we are supporting him with a Rohloff equipped Tout Terrain bike. See www.thisisnotforcharity.com

He has already 11205 miles in 100 days, making his daily average 112 miles a day - see the "follow" page. His blog is really interesting and entertaining.

I hope he gets as much publicity as James Bowthorpe, after all, its not for charity!

posted by stuartatbikefix [1 posts]
26th September 2009 - 14:43


The ride title 'This is not for charity' says it all. Ever seen a rider with a manifesto full of political crap ? He's a politics graduate which explains all !

As far as his blog being interesting and entertaining, if you're a member of the Socialist Workers Party probably it is. For the rest of us definately not. His comments on Mark Beaumont are rather distasteful to say the least.

I thought Bikefix were One of the better shops in London, so why are you sponsoring this comedian ?

posted by Fixie Fred [4 posts]
28th September 2009 - 9:10


here's hoping he doesn't do it. if he takes the record before the excellent mr bowthorpe has been able to do his fundraising then a worthy charity will probably miss out on a lot of money, and for what? so that some angst-ridden leftie can rail against the state a bit? whoop-te-doo.

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posted by cactuscat [304 posts]
28th September 2009 - 9:29


I'm with you Fixie Fred read his manifesto and part of his blog when he set out, for a man of the people I thought he was fairly rude about some of those he met along the way.

Still fair does anyone who can ride 11250 miles in a 100 days with his head stuck up his ar*se must be some bike rider Smile

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posted by hammergonewest [105 posts]
28th September 2009 - 10:39