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World record attempt, almost there...

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Yellow7, 19 Nov 2009.

  1. jitensha

    jitensha New Member

    On page 2 of this thread I wrote the following:

    I've posted a couple of comments on Sayarer's blog re this. He didn't address these issues in his latest blog, which incidentally is in my opinion more hateful and less insightful than his previous ones. The guy is a good writer, but he is just so angry. A shame. Isn't there an old Athenian (or is it Roman) Proverb: If you want to destroy the Gods, first make them angry"

    Anyway, back to the point. Sayarer's figures just don't add up and he has been unwilling so far to address honest questions posed directly to him through his website. Maybe he will address these questions over the coming days, but in any case it will be GWR who will have the final say. My money is that Sayarer has not broken the record.

    Finally, I have to state again that while the record (whatever it is - 195 days or 175 days) is admirable, and well done to anybody who cycles around the world irrespective of how quickly or slowly they do it, these record attempts are second rate compared to the likes of Erik Straarup or Nick Sanders.
  2. Rohloff_Brompton_Rider

    Rohloff_Brompton_Rider Formerly just_fixed

    i have scoured the net to find anyone except himself and bikefix, who claim to be sponsoring him (thru the velovision website), to state he broke the record. is he allowed to say he broke the record without it being ratified?

    why is he so anti beaumont? is he jealous that he got the money train sorted?
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    What an unpleasant ending. Hate and vitriol for the bloke who he has never met and who must have been his inspiration before and during the attempt.
    I hope he lets me know when he's planning on bringing down capitalism and how he's planning to live on fresh air and dreams. He even admits during his bile-filled rant that he's a hypocrite as if admitting it makes it all right. Nob, IMHO.
  4. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    I don't know, I quite like this level of dedication...
  5. Rohloff_Brompton_Rider

    Rohloff_Brompton_Rider Formerly just_fixed

    long live MARK BEAUMONT!!!

    long live the king of cycling!!!

  6. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Blimey! I never realised Mark Beaumont was personally responsible for the arms trade, globalisation and all the other ill's of the world. I expect he's holed up in a secret base (probably inside a volcano) with his illuminati mates planning world domination right now!

    If it wasn't for Julian, I for one would have gone on thinking Mark Beaumont was just an ordinary bloke (extraordinary cyclist) who did a couple of adverts to pay for his next cycling trip.
  7. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    This bit about the time clock stopping during plane/boat transfers; what's to stop you getting a ship every time and having a nice long rest? 'yes I know I've been away two years but my 'cycling' time was 150 days so that makes me the record holder'???
  8. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    It is a bit sad. He himself has been fortunate enough to have the trip of a lifetime, one many of us can only dream about and when it's done all he can do is carp on about Mark Beaumont.
  9. amaferanga

    amaferanga Über Member

    I think I understand his frustration. He's spent 6 months trying to break the record, may or may not have actually succeeded, but regardless no-one (bar a few on internet cycling forums and probably the local paper) is really that interested. Contrast with Beaumont who has made a name for himself by doing exactly the same (impressive but hardly-extraordinary) thing. He's probably thinking he should just have gone on a very long tour somewhere interesting and taken the time to enjoy the experience and meet people instead of blasting through countries and not being able to take the time to talk to the interesting people and see the interesting places he passed every day.

    Its not as if Beaumont isn't a whinger anyway....
  10. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    Well that's a good point. His head is probably a little frazzled atm also.
  11. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    I understand it too. I was actually quite inspired by Beaumont's ride/documentary but it was in spite of him really as I found his personality pretty grating and I'm amazed he's having media success. I also read his book though!
    I would love to have seen video footage of Bowthorpe or Julian's rides...any chance of them writing books do you think?

    Anyway, next!


    With support van though, surely that should be a seperate record?
  12. amaferanga

    amaferanga Über Member

    I especially like this:

    So the little scrote wants sponsorship to pay for his gap year! How the hell is it costing £45,000 anyway?
  13. Tony

    Tony New Member

    I've said this before, but I met Beaumont in the middle of his attempt while we were both riding in Western Australia. I found him to be a good bloke, and comparingmy little ride with his larger one brought no sneering, no willy-waving, either in his words or in his book. This chap seems a little less likeable...
  14. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    That bloke has issues....
  15. dpiper

    dpiper New Member

    Just clarify - he does NOT have the record yet. He has not (as of today) submitted his evidence to GWR. His transit days and several high speed / high mileage days will be subject to much scrutinising.

    His rants don’t make him too many friends but that shouldn’t take away from the physical achievement even if he comes in second place. Hopefully his ride won’t discredit the record in anyway.

    Other readers may be interested in Vin Cox's www.greatbikeride.com principally because this is the first time a cyclist with a pro / racing pedigree has taken on the challenge. I’m sure Mr Sayarer will be mortified to hear that Vin is doing it for charity and is accepting as much corporate sponsorship as possible