Starting from Cabo de Roca on the west coast of Portugal, Sean Conway will attempt to cycle 4,500 miles across Europe finishing at Ufa in Russia in less than 25 days. The attempt will be unsupported meaning Sean will be carrying all of his kit with him along the way. To put this distance into perspective, it is over double the distance ridden at the recent Tour de France (2,200 miles) in roughly the same amount of time (Le Tour was over 23 days).
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. Bremont watches will be the official time keepers on the record attempt.
Through this adventure, Sean also hopes to inspire more people to get outdoors and embrace a more active lifestyle. Sean will be relying on the kindness of the people he will meet all across Europe along the way in order to complete this record. This will be especially important in some of the more remote areas where he may be days away from food or water and will have to rely on local people to help. He’s travelling with a range of language cards that will help him communicate with people to find food, water and a place to sleep.
Speaking about the world record attempt Sean commented: “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.
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 and if that was not enough, in 2016 he completed a 4,000 mile ultra-triathlon which circumnavigated the entire coast of Britain.