Britain's youngest round the world rider returns home

18-year-old Charlie Condell had his bike and passport stolen along the way

The youngest British rider to travel around the world by bike will return home on Monday March 11, having covered 18,000 miles (30,000 kilometres) by bike.

Charlie Condell has traversed 20 different countries over nine months, at the age of 18, taking the record from Tom Davies, who was 19-year-old on completion.

The new record holder says he began his 'gap year' trip intending to ride around Europe, having made the decision a month before his exams. He bought his bike just two weeks before leaving.

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However, on realising that the round the world record was achievable, he moved the goal posts.

Condell will roll onto the Clifton Suspension Bridge, in Bristol - which marked his start point in July - at around 4pm on Monday March 11, to be greeted by friends and family.

It's been an eventful journey. Condell, who completed the trip entirely unassisted on a Cervelo with clip on aero bars and bikepacking bags, had his bike and passport stolen whilst in Australia and was also a victim of an attempted mugging and a car crash over the course of his trip.

The former Clifton college student told his teachers: “My whole body aches and I’ve lost 20kg to date. I have put on body fat and lost muscle, but now I’m fitter than ever. It is an amazing feeling, almost super human!”

Charlie has raised money for the trip via a Just Giving page, (opens in new tab) at time of writing achieving 96 per cent of his £4000 target.

Any extra money will be donated to Mobile Midwives, a charity that gives bikes to midwives in Africa.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.


Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 


Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.


Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.