After 175 days and 18,602 miles riding his belt drive Santos tourer in a bid to raise £1.8m for research into Parkinson's Disease James Bowthorpe today made back to where it all started on the 29th of March, the bandstand at Hyde Park Corner.
The media were out in force to welcome him back and he rode the last leg accompanied by a peloton of cyclists. In a typically British touch a police car stopped to see what all the suspicious looking activity was about. Nothing though was going to spoil the moment and what has been without doubt a tremendous cycling acheivement.
road.cc's Simon MacMichael was on hand, fresh from the finish of the Tour of Britain, to grab a few words with James and quite a few pictures too. Check back tomorrow for more of both. For now though we'll just say: Well done Mr Bowthorpe - Chapeaux!
To give you a flavour of his final day in the saddle here are the last few tweets of the trip
I'm on the Surrey Bike Way, it's really beautiful, recommend it: http://yfrog.com/0rktbqj
about 5 hours ago from Tweetie
Great day for a bike ride, clear sky not hot! Anyone unsure of meet points they are at globecycle.org/blog : so glad the world isn't bigger.
about 7 hours ago from Tweetie
After all that time not losing anything, left my wallet on the ferry! They have it tho, so it's ok. Sitting w/ mum, waiting for 7am.
about 13 hours ago from Tweetie
Off I go to the Guildhall then final 80 miles. Can't wait for tomorrows lie-in! Will be great to cycle through hometurf today...
James rode around the world in record time to raise money for research into Parkinson's Disease, the hard part of that effort starts now, turning his record breaking feat into £1.8m – the target he has set himself to raise i you can help him get there by making a donation at www.justgiving.com/globecycle.
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.