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Guy Martin abandons GB coastline cycling record attempt

Achilles tendon injury forces Isle of Man TT racer turned TV personality to stop riding

Guy Martin has abandoned his attempt to break the record for cycling around the coastline of Great Britain in the shortest time.

The Isle of Man TT racer, truck mechanic and TV personality, left Grimsby on Sunday morning to try and complete the 4,800-mile journey in 21 days.

> Video: Guy Martin sets off to beat record for cycling round British coastline

But in an update posted to his website yesterday, Martin revealed that he had been forced to give up the ride due to an Achilles tendon injury.

He said:

Well it’s not gone quite to plan.

I"ve cycled over 11,000 miles this year, including the Tour Divide in America, to and from work most days and I spent three weeks in China in October, back for a few days at work, straight to New Zealand for ten days racing motorbikes, back for a few days at work and then off.

I badly pulled my Achilles tendon on the left side after a day or so but thought I'd just get my head down and work through it. I kept good miles up and got to John O’Groats from Grimsby in 4 days and 8 hours, about 800 miles. But my leg was getting worse and I thought I could keep going and maybe do the whole lot in 30 days but I knew I'd be jiggered for a long time after and maybe even have serious long term damage, which would mean I couldn’t do the serious cycle trip I've got in my head for next year.

So I've put my push bike back in the shed for the rest of the year, giving my leg a chance to recover. I'm back at work and I realise I need to listen to my body more. By just manning up I was papering over the cracks. Thanks very much for the support, loads of folk wishing me well and that was mega.

It is what it is and like I said ‘Ive got to stop it before it stops me’ and it did stop me.

The record stands ar 22 days and was set by Nick Sanders in 1984.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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