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19-year-old cyclist spends gap year aiming to be youngest person to ride around the world

Tom Davies from London currently two thirds of the way through 18,000-mile journey

A 19-year-old cyclist from London who is off to university in September is spending his gap year in the saddle and is well on his way to become the youngest person to ride around the world unsupported.

So far, since setting out on 17 January, Tom Davies has travelled through 17 countries and ridden 12,000 miles and raised more than £35,000 for the charities Sohana Research Fund, Prostate Cancer UK and Carney’s Community.

While his ride, which he is aiming to complete in around 200 days, complies with Guinness World Records rules, including passing through two antipodal points, he won’t make it into the record books since they don’t encourage “youngest to do … “ type records.

Currently Tom, who is riding a steel-framed Condor Fratello, is 125 days into his trip and riding through Oregon as he heads across North America before catching a plane from Boston to Lisbon to start the final leg of his journey back to London.

With the odd rest day factored in, he’s averaging around 100 miles a day and is blogging about his journey here as well as providing updates on Facebook and Twitter – his Virgin Money Giving page is here, and you can also follow his ride on Strava.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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