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David Haywood's journey took him 1,100 miles from Belgium to Slovakia...

A cyclist from Surrey has ridden through 13 countries in seven days to set a new Guinness World Record.

David Haywood, a 22-year-old Great Britain Age Group triathlete, undertook the challenge last autumn partly for pre-season training and partly as “an adventure.”

His near-1,100-mile ride, which he undertook between 12 and 18 October, was supported by his local bike shop, Spokes of Bagshot.

“Starting in Belgium, I cycled through the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and finished in Slovakia,” he told road.cc.

“I cycled 155 miles a day on average, with a 204mile (328km) day to finish.

“I also suffered a failed (snapped) gear cable whilst trying to cross the Alps, and wasn’t able to repair it for the next 100miles, leaving me stuck in an unfavourably tough gear in the mountains.

“It was a tough, challenging but ultimately rewarding adventure,” added Haywood, who suggests that bike-packing could be an ideal way of adding variety to cycling or triathlon training.

His achievement has now been officially recognised by Guinness World Records and he has written about his adventure in diary form on his website, where you will find information about his route and equipment.

Previously, the record was held by Robbie Ferri from King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

Last September, he managed 12 countries in seven days, although he had originally been aiming for 14.

> New world record for most countries cycled in seven days

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.