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Rugby star Martin Johnson aims to set new Guinness World Record for most bicycles in a line (+ video)

England's 2003 world cup winning-captain aims to set new record at August's Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle...

Martin Johnson, captain of England’s world cup-winning rugby team in 2003, will be using the occasion of the inaugural Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event this August to attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most bicycles in a line. The current record, set in Davis, California, stands at 916.

It’s unlikely there will be a shortage of volunteers to help Johnson in his recird attempt – up to 50,000 cyclists are expected to attend the event, launched by Mayor of London Boris Johnson last year as part of London’s Olympic Legacy.

The route takes in iconic London landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London, and all of those taking part will be invited to participate in the world record attempt.

It takes place on Saturday 3 August as part of a weekend-long event which the following day will see pro riders tackle the Prudential RideLondon Classic, with thousands of amateurs taking to the same route for the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100.

Launching the bid outside St Paul’s Cathedral, Johnson, a keen cyclist – that’s him riding the Revolution Series at Manchester Velodrome in the picture above – said “This world-record attempt is a brilliant way to put cycling in the spotlight and I’d encourage everyone – no matter what their age or ability – to have fun and help to make history on two wheels by signing up today.”

The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle takes place on an eight mile route in the centre of London on Saturday 3 August. You can find more information here.


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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Old Cranky | 10 years ago

I spotted Martin Johnson riding the recent Spires and Squires sportive. He finished the 78 miles in a little over 4.5 hours.

Not bad for a 6' 7", 18+stone retired rugby player.

TheSpaniard | 10 years ago

This might just work - if Martin Johnson was screaming at me to "hold the effin' wheel in front", I'd be holding that wheel for dear life...

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