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James Botwell

7 Aug 2014

James attempts World Record to race across Europe by bike

University student James Bowtell is currently endeavouring to become the fastest man to cycle across Europe, a distance almost twice as long as the Tour de France.

The ‘Race Across Europe by Bike’ route crosses seven European countries - Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal.

It has never been attempted before due to the logistical complexity of the challenge and the extensive mileage from the race’s start point in Ufa, Russia to the finish line in Cabo Da Roca, Portugal.

James will have to complete 6,226 km in less than 45 days to set the Guinness World Record.

Although James has experience of long distance cycling events the ‘Race Across Europe by Bike’ is by far his toughest challenge yet.

Whilst James will be the only cyclist, he has built a strong support team called Velo 7 consisting of fellow university undergraduates and graduates to assist in the pursuit of this unique world record.

You can follow the World Record attempt on the Velo 7 website.