Another world record attempt..

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Yellow7, 5 May 2010.

  1. Yellow7

    Yellow7 Über Member

    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Just googling around & came across another guy presently aiming to beat the Guiness record for circumnavigation of the planet. Physically he looks like a strong contender, also traveling without gear so minimum weight;

    http://www.worldcyclingrecord.com

    Mark
     
  2. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    When is a PRO rider gonna attempt this record? Armstrong for his Livestrong foundation perhaps? Surely no one could beat his time and that would hopefully put an end to these silly attempts ;).
     
  3. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Location:
    Bolton
    8000km in a little over a month is hardly a 'silly' attempt. I for one would rather the record didn't belong to a doped up tool like Armstrong anyway....
     
  4. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    Evidence or are you being controversial and defammatory :smile:?
     
  5. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Location:
    Bolton
    Evidence that he dopes or evidence that he's a tool? :smile:

    There's plenty of evidence that he's a tool.
     
  6. adscrim

    adscrim Veteran

    Location:
    Perth
    Look, there's nothing wrong with black socks. Get over it!:smile:
     
  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    He was on here before he went. There was another bloke doing it too -Vin Cox?
    TBH, I've lost interest in these attempts now the novelty has worn off.
     
  8. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    Beaumont is still listed as the record holder. This guy is supported. I think we've had the discussion before about a split for supported and unsupported rides.
     
  9. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    ;)
     
  10. ComedyPilot

    ComedyPilot Secret Lemonade Drinker

    I have been following most of the RTW record attempts, from Mark Beaumont through Bowthorpe, Sayarer, Cox and now Bate.

    Rather interestingly, it is the last 3 that have made disparaging comments about other riders. Sayarer really laid into Beaumont, Cox made a comment on a video about how much quicker he was than others (due to carrying less - go figure) and now Bate with his 'entourage' has said if he wanted to carry the kitchen sink he'd be a donkey?

    It might be time to classify the various attempts into super tough carry everything self contained, carry a little and use a credit card, and carry nothing and go round with a supporting crew mopping your brow every 10 miles?
     
  11. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    Yeah I think the guys carrying all deserve more merit.

    Also they need to nip this pro/semi pro crap in the bud right now and keep that particular record for amateurs IMO. A pro attempt would just ruin it as they would get best support/backing and obviously superior equipment to boot with their athleticism meaning it would eventually become untouchable without similar circumstances.
     
  12. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Location:
    Bolton
    I kind of see what you're saying, but isn't the idea of a world record that it should be held by the best/fittest/strongest? It shouldn't be held by an ordinary cyclist, but someone exceptional. The best bike/equipment isn't going to turn someone like Beaumont into an exceptional athlete.

    Separate records for supported/unsupported would make sense, but what unsupported actually means would need careful consideration.
     
  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    They are all great achievements, but in order to make the record meaningful I think the route has to be more clearly defined.
     
  14. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    Yes your entirely right.. but at the end of the day the pro guys are more likely to hold these records. I think they know they could take the record they just haven't got the time or are using that time to earn money instead.

    There must be a reason why pro's or ex pro's aren't interested in it..
     
  15. dpiper

    dpiper New Member

    Ahem! I can state for the record that Vin Cox holds Mark Beaumont in the highest esteem and has made no disparaging comments about him. Vin is currently on track to beat Mark's record but only just.

    However Mr A Bate seems to be super human in beating the record so far by a pace twice a quick. However, when photographed he and bike are spotless, he never has punctures or mechanicals (even though he's on a light racing bike), has no recognised track record, has been on video slipstreaming his support vehicle, only turns on his GPS tracker every other day...shall I go on!
     
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