British cyclist James Bowthorpe will complete his round the world cycling ride this weekend, finishing an amazing three weeks ahead of the record time set by Mark Beaumont last year.
Beaumont set the bar at 194 days and 17 hours on his unsupported ride around the globe. Bowthorpe will ride to the Roehampton Gate café in RichmondPark, London on Saturday 19th September before making his way to Hyde Park’s Serpentine lake at 6pm – a whole three weeks ahead of the current record time.
The 31 year-old has been updating his blog with all the strange and beautiful things that have happened to him on the trip, and his exact position is updated every ten minutes via GPS on the website WhereInTheWorldIsJames.com.
Riding a belt-driven Santos Travelmaster, one of Bowthorpe’s motivations for the trip has been to raise money for the Psychiatry Research Trust in order to further research into Parkinson’s Disease.
So far, via www.justgiving.com/globecycle, he’s raised £54,000 of his ambitious target of £1.8million, but told BikeRadar that “fundraising will continue when I get back. We are hatching plans for UK talks and rides and there is a possibility of another epic task next year. Fundraising goes on till I reach the target, just like the cycling!”