Cyclist chasing 500,000km world record has bike stolen just short of goal

Denizart Simoes has bike and possessions stolen just 10,000km short of the end of his 18 year trip

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A Brazilian cyclist aiming to set a new world record of 500,000km for the longest distance travelled by bike has had his bike stolen just short of his goal.

Denizart Simoes started his trip in 1999, racking up 490,000km over the past 18 years to break the previous world record in 400,000km.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.