SEAN CONWAY ATTEMPTS NEW CYCLING WORLD RECORD: THE FASTEST, UNSUPPORTED CROSSING OF EUROPE BY BICYCLE
Under 25 days, 4,500 miles, 180 miles a day – that’s basically double le Tour de France distance in roughly the same amount of time (well, two extra days). We’re super excited to be sponsoring Sean Conway’s record attempt and can’t wait to track his progress on our nifty ‘Where’s Sean’ tracker.
Setting off on the 5th August 2017 from Cabo de Roca on the west coast of Portugal, Sean will attempt to cycle 4,500 miles across Europe finishing at Ufa in Russia in less than 25 days. As he’s travelling unsupported he’ll need to be as light as possible, so he’s put a lot of thought into what gear to take. As a seasoned long distance cyclist Sean knows exactly what he needs to ensure he can eat, sleep, and cycle as efficiently as possible. In total his kit weighs less than 16kg. (see kit list at the bottom).
The current record stands at 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes and Sean is looking to knock over 4 days off the record. In order to do this, he’ll need to cycle roughly 180 miles a day.
** On 27 July, Jons Deichmann broke this record by cycling from Cabo de Roca to Ufa in 25 days and 3 hours so Sean’s going to need to speed up a little in order to beat him! We are also aware of another cyclist, Iain Findlay who is in the middle of cycling from Russia to Portugal – you can follow his progress via his Twitter @Pain_Free_Power. Seems that this is quite the record to beat in 2017.**
Sean is not new to challenges like these. In 2015 he became the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. If that was not enough, in 2016 he completed a 4,000 mile ultra-triathlon which circumnavigated the entire coast of Britain. Sean began his adventures in 2012 when he set out to break the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by bicycle. Despite being in the lead, Sean was unfortunately knocked off his bike while crossing America.
We caught up with Sean recently and asked him how we was feeling about the ride:
“I’m looking to not only break the World Record for the fastest cycle across Europe but also to have the opportunity to meet some incredible people along the way. It’s an uncertain time across Europe at the moment and we rarely hear reports of how nice people can be, only the bad stuff.
“Europe is an incredibly diverse continent with so many different people and cultures. I hope that I will be able to spend some time along the way chatting to the people that I meet and finding out more about the lives our neighbours lead. I also hope to try to use this journey to encourage more people to not only embrace an active lifestyle but to consider travel by bicycle as it is just the best way to see the world. I’ve completed a world first and a world’s furthest but this is my first shot at a world’s fastest record and I can’t wait to get going.”
Sean’s going to be monitored throughout the record attempt by Dr Howard Hurst, Sports Scientist at the University of Central Lancashire, who is interested in monitoring the effect that cycling 180 miles a day for nearly 4 weeks has on the body. They’ll be looking at heart rate, power and pacing during the attempt along with body composition changes and VO2 max changes before and after the challenge. They will publish a report on the effects on the body after 3 weeks of solid activity 16 hours a day.
You can follow Sean’s World Record attempt via his live tracker
Sean’s Kit List:
The bike: Trek Madone custom sprayed
The gears: Shimano Ultra Di2
The wheels: PRO Disc carbon TT wheels
The saddle: Brooks Cambium saddle
The tyres: Continental GP4000x
The camera: GoPro Hero5
The luggage: Restrap panniers
The battery: Freeloader Sixer battery bank
The lights: Exposure
The timekeeper: Bremont ALT1-ZT/51 watch
The house: Outdoor Research Helium Bivi bag, Therm-a-rest NeoAir Mat, Yeti Passion One sleeping bag
The wardrobe: Dare 2b cycle kit – Gloves (winter and summer), Leg warmers, Arm warmers, Shorts, Shirt, Rainproof, Gilet, Compression top
The helmet: Lazer helmet
Home made tool kit and first aid kit
The tracker: SPOT tracker
The Plant Pot: Sean’s quirky alternative to a front pannier to keep all the essential items in one place!