Cycling team set Land’s End to John o’ Groats world record ride

PUBLISHED: 19:00 17 May 2018

The team beat their own world record time, which they set last year. Picture: Karl Burkett

The team beat their own world record time, which they set last year. Picture: Karl Burkett

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Land’s End to John o’ Groats is one of the most challenging endurance tests in the UK.

Clocking in at 874 miles, the length of Great Britain ride is not for the faint-hearted, or the unfit.

So imagine how it must feel to set a new world record by cycling the distance in less than two days. Without sleeping.

This is exactly what members of Burnham cycling crew Team Blanco Enduro did, completing the ride in 46 hours, 43 minutes and 49 seconds.

Team Blanco, comprising of Andy Cross, Tim Clark, Ollie Taylor and Karl Burkett were attempting to beat the previous world record time of 52 hours and 12 minutes, which was also set by them last year.

They rode as a four-man individual relay team, meaning only one bike was on the road at all times, with each member riding different legs of the route.

Karl said: “People think cycling is just one guy on his bike, but it really isn’t, there is a big team of involved. We had convoy cars, safety cars, people helping with food and drink, and without them this would not have been possible.

“All the previous records have been set with teams’ slip streaming, but we didn’t want to do that, we wanted to have everything against us to make it even more of an achievement.”

The team encountered challenging conditions throughout the ride, with heavy rain and storms in Perth, in Scotland, reducing their speed for three hours.

But they battled through to smash their previous record time with nine hours to spare.

Karl added: “The team car was 10 miles ahead, so this would allow you to have a quick cup of tea and a refuel of food before getting back on your bike once the other rider passed his checkpoint.

“Physically it was a very difficult ride, we did not sleep for two-and-a-half days.

“We are so proud to hold this incredible record.”

Team Blanco are hoping to earn sponsorship for a permanent team car for its future races, as the cost is too steep through self funding.

During its last endurance race, the team raised money for four-year-old Freddy Vallander, who needed a major heart operation in America.

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