Highway to hell: crossing 340-miles of desert in pursuit of a record

London-to-Paris record holder Jonathan Parker set his sights on a far more formidable parcours — the 340-mile highway across China’s ‘Desert of Death’

Three years ago TV daredevil Guy Martin set a new record for cycling the world’s longest desert highway. He clicked off the 340 miles across the Taklamakan Desert in north-western China — AKA the ‘Desert of Death’ — in 28 hours 17 minutes.

Sitting at home watching, barrister Jonathan Parker thought to himself, “I’d like to have a crack at that.”

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David Bradford
Features editor

David Bradford is features editor of Cycling Weekly (print edition). He has been writing and editing professionally for more than 15 years, and has published work in national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, Vice.com and Runner’s World. Alongside his love of cycling, David is a long-distance runner with a marathon PB of two hours 28 minutes. Having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 2006, he also writes about sight loss and hosts the podcast Ways of Not Seeing.