Two cyclists have just broken the world record for the number of countries visited by bike by a team in a seven-day period, travelling to 14 sovereign nations from October 28 to November 3.
Adventurers Aaron Rolph and Paul Guest broke the previous record of 13 countries by starting in Poland and then visiting the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and completed the journey in Greece.
The British duo completed the journey on Friday, November 3, having ridden more that 1800 kilometres and ascending more that 13,000 metres.
The attempt meant that they had to ride for 15 hours per day and in order to fulfill the requirements of the Guinness World Record rules, they also had to be completely self sufficient.
In a brief statement posted on the British Adventure Collective Facebook page, Rolph and Guest said "We did it! 14 countries in under 7 days. It’s been an intense and crazy week but all so worth it.
"We’d like to thank the incredible people we’ve met in all parts of Europe. Neither of us are usually ones for sentiment - but the generosity of complete strangers has taken us aback. Just good bloody people everywhere.
"Now... time for a beer!"
The duo's data is now being presented to Guinness World Records to be officially ratified.
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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