Yesterday it was Glasgow, (well Paisley) today the world as Globe Cyclist, James Bowthorpe felt the Lance effect. No sooner had Lance alerted his 1.7m followers to James' quest to ride around the world in record time and raise money for Parkinson's in the process than the Globe Cycle website experienced a surge in traffic and his following on Twitter trebled within hours – with hundreds of people re-tweeting messages about him.
“Twitterati, check out @globecycle. James is riding around the world (yes, the planet Earth) to raise funds to fight parkinsons. Noble man.”
After laying down 170 mile day on the bike James responded “I am honoured to be mentioned by @lancearmstrong , many thanks to him. I will write a blog 1st thing telling any newcomers whatsup. Sleepnow”
Bowthorpe is currently 144 days in to his ride with 25 to go. He has covered 14,000 miles since setting off from London at the end of March and is currently north east of Springfield… not there's a thought. His route now takes him up to Boston then across the Atlantic to Lisbon, on to Spain through either Madrid or Seville (so that he has ridden through the antipodes) up through France and then back to Britain probably making shore at Plymouth and riding back to London from there… hey, wonder if he'd stop in Bath on the way?
James is riding a Santos Tourers equipped with Gates belt drive and a Rohloff hub, 14,000 miles in and as you'd expect the Rohloff seems to be working perfectly and the belt drive seems to have confounded the doubters too – apart from hitting a wombat in Australia and dinging his back rim James has had no mechanicals worth mentioning, for 12,000 miles he went without a puncture in his front wheel too (only the damaged rim caused him problems at the back) so a thumbs up for Schwalbe too.
The power of Armstrong is such that within hours of his tweet Globe Cycle HQ was dealing with media requests from around the world with news organisations eager to find out more about his mission which he now looks odds on to complete in record time breaking the record Mark Beaumont.
James has now raised £48,244.38 towards his target of £1.8m for Parkinson's Disease Research with most of the money likely to come in the final days of his trip.
If you want to support James you can follow his progress at his site www.globcycle.org or via his twitter fees at www.twitter.com/globecycle or see his progress in real time via the gps tracking site
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.