For 2022, I’ve set my sights on breaking the world record for the Greatest Distance Cycled in Seven Days.
This prestigious record was established in 1939 by legendary long-distance cyclist Tommy Godwin. The current record stands at 3507.82 kilometres (2179.66 miles). At the equivalent distance of London to Cairo, it’s further than the 21-day Tour de France.
This new record attempt follows my previous success in 2018 when I assembled a team of sport scientists to break the world record for the Fastest Cycle Across Europe. Their innovative strategy took nine days off the previous record. I’ve brought the same team together again to break the seven-day record by an equally impressive margin.
The team’s preliminary research has concluded that all previous successful attempts on this record were compromised by poor preparation and lack of scientific support. We recognise that science, preparation, support, risk mitigation and the right mindset are paramount to breaking this record by a significant margin. Working within Guinness guidelines, we will ensure every performance gain is identified and maximised, delivering me to the start line in November to achieve the ultimate human performance.
In addition to breaking the world record I will be raising much needed funds for mental health research. I’ve been an ambassador for MQ, the UK’s leading mental health research charity, for four years. The Covid pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the physical and mental health of many of us around the world. This year, I’m driven by the motivation to raise awareness and much needed funds for MQ throughout preparation, during and after the attempt.
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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
As part of the winning team, we will ensure that our partners are promoted throughout the duration of the project, including the preparation and build up to the attempt, as well as during and after the attempt. Our PR agency have a comprehensive visibility and awareness campaign ensuring that our sponsors get widespread coverage, in national, local, social and trade media. At the heart of the project is a passion from every person and brand involved, to push the boundaries of human achievement.
Be part of the winning team.
As an individual you can play you part in getting Leigh to the start line by making a donation to Leigh’s gofundme page.
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.
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.