At the age of 25 I was diagnosed with depression. I found my salvation in adventure and went on to cycle around the world. Attempting this record presents an opportunity for me to raise awareness of mental health issues in the hope that others won’t end up in the same situation as I did.
Struggling with depression, a chance encounter for adventure led to the realisation that to feel fulfilled I needed to challenge myself, to try something I’d never done. To push myself to new limits.
On the 10th of September, Leigh Timmis will leave Cabo Da Roca, Portugal, on his modified Cervelo S3d bicycle at the start of an epic 4000-mile challenge across the continent to Ufa, Russia
Training at the University of Derby’s Human Performance Unit has exceeded expectations and I am in better physical condition than expected at this stage of the plan, testing data points towards achieving an incredible result
In the pursuit of a World Record, focus is on performance. Over the course of the World Record attempt, there is no piece of equipment that can influence the outcome of this endeavour more than the bike
The body is a machine and without regular TLC and maintenance, the working parts will start to fatigue and break down. Ruth Machej, the team Physiotherapist, explains the importance of physiotherapy in sport
To break an endurance world record requires adapting to the lifestyle of an elite athlete in every aspect. Alex Neilan, Sport Dietician, explains his approach to ensuring my body can tolerate the nutritional demands of the event
Dr Philip Clarke, Performance Psychologist on the Fastest Cycle Across Europe team, explains psychology for multi-day endurance events. This begins with a measurement of my current capacity and self-awareness
The Fastest Cycle Across Europe (Cabo da Roca to Ufa) was established by Guinness World Records in 2014 and is a distance of 4000 miles from the most westerly to the most easterly extent of Europe
While logistical and strategic planning for the World Record began three months previously, the start of 2018 brings the beginning of physical training. With 22 weeks to the start line, Dr. Mark Faghy explains the science behind the attempt
For 2018 I am raising the bar. Taking everything I learnt from cycling around the world and applying it to significantly breaking the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Cycle Across Europe
An accompanying support team will allow Leigh to focus on cycling, whilst ensuring that equipment and knowledge are at hand for any eventuality. A team of sport science experts has been selected to bring professional experience to the attempt.