A cyclist from Kings Lynn has cycled in five countries in 24 hours to set a new record. The feat is just the first part of Robbie Ferri’s major goal however, as he looks to set a new world record for the most countries cycled in seven days.
KL.FM 96.7 reports that Ferri managed his feat within a couple of days of setting off from the Netherlands. The previous record was four countries, but his main ambition is to ride in at least 12 countries within a week. He is hoping to raise £2,000 for Little Discoverers, a Kings Lynn charity that provides pre-school education for children with movement difficulties and delayed development. (You can donate here.)
Ferri has mapped-out a route which will see the record broken when he reaches Croatia. However, he’s aiming for Hungary and 15 countries in total – although he says he’ll be happy as long as he gets more than 11, which is the current record.
He is riding unsupported, but after training with camping gear he concluded that this was too heavy for the mountains, so he will be staying in hostels during his trip. You can track his progress here.
Ferri started cycling a couple of years ago. Short of cash and wanting to get a present for his sister’s wedding, he invested £20 in a second-hand bike and cycled to Paris to put a lock on the Love Lock Bridge for her and her husband.
Three months later, he undertook a 24-hour ride from London to Brussels to raise money for the Little Heroes charity in support of children with cancer. He has since cycled ten countries in nine days for Cancer Research UK and undertaken a winter trip from London to Alpe D’Huez.