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Lee Fancourt is a 38 year old Gloucester man who took up cycling a few years ago to help his recovering from knee surgery after many years marathon running. Lee also represented Great Britain as a young boxer. In 2014 he succeeded in breaking the world record for cycling around the world but the record is unofficial. He managed to do this in 88 cycling days. Not including transfers/flights.
This year, Lee took on this 4,200 mile TE world cycling record to raise money for the Hollie Gazzard Charity. The start point for this incredible journey is NordKapp Norway, the most northerly point of mainland Europe. He then cycled through Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France and finally Spain. The challenge finished at the most southerly point of mainland Europe, Punta de Tarifa in Spain.
This record previously stood at 22 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes. Lee broke this record in a time of 21 days, 14 hours and 29 minutes on Sunday 5th July 2015. As an example of what Lee achieved during this ride, the last 29 hours, 432.9 miles were ridden nonstop and included 30,305 ft. of climbing. Over the height of Mt Everest.
Lee achieved this mind boggling ride on his own, totally unsupported, sleeping rough and finding his own way. He used his road bike for the journey, which was prepared by his sponsor Slam69, a local bike shop on Gloucester Business Park, Gloucester.
Lee has also used this record ride as a warm up for the 10 world records he plans to break in 2015.