Bath-based academic Dr Ian Walker has broken the world record for cycling through Europe from North to South, riding from North Cape in Norway to Tarifa in Spain in 16 days, 20 hours and 59 minutes.
The 6,300-kilometre ride took Walker – the winner last year of the North Cape 4000 ultracyling race – through 10 countries.
From Norway, he headed through Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and France before riding across Spain to his final destination on the Straits of Gibraltar.
The journey – which was fully self-supported – took him from inside the Arctic Circle to within site of Africa, and coincided with last week’s record temperatures in parts of the continent.
16 days, 20 hours, 59 minutes.
The new world record for crossing Europe by bike.
I did it solo and unsupported.
It feels great. pic.twitter.com/Srf2eRHTgD
— Ian Walker (@ianwalker) July 8, 2019
When he was planning his attempt, the record stood at 21, days 14 hours and 23 minutes, but just four days before he set off, Rob Gardiner set a new record of 19 days, 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Walker took on the challenge to raise money for the charity Roadpeace and as well as smashing the record, he has smashed his fundraising target – you can donate here.
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.