Insane Brit cycles through Hurricane Nicole to set new Guinness World Record
British cyclist Leigh Timmis survived Hurricane Nicole to set a new Guinness World Record - the greatest distance ever cycled in seven days!
Timmis and his team decided to head across to Florida, between Miami and Naples on US-41, which has by far the flattist roads, minimal junctions and reliable climate.
"The choice to select Florida as the location for his venture was an easy one" said Timmis "There's this perfect kind of cocktail. You're looking for zero elevation on the road, which this road's got, a great surface, no junctions, so there's nothing to slow down that average speed."
"And then, of course, a reliable climate, which we hadn't been able to find in the UK or anywhere else."
However the reality of the week long ride, could not have been further from the truth, as Timmis' attempt landed bang in the middile of Hurricane Nicole!
The crazy Brit thought his team were 'joking' when he was informed about the hurricane, his team telling him on day two, "We need you to sit down, we've got some news for you, there's a hurricane coming."
Timmis said "I thought they were pulling my leg (joking)"
"I sort of freaked out, but we decided to continue and try and break the record"
Things took a turn for the worse for Timmis, "The rain was so intense, coming up off the road, all the grit was getting thrown up off the back wheel, incredibly uncomfortable."
"Next thing the sun comes out and its 37 degrees and I'm getting sunburnt!?"
Despite the hurricane, Timmis fought on and managed to break the record riding 2,230 miles, 19 miles more than previous record holder set in Latvia by Arvis Sprude.
Timmis on social media, "In the early hours of Sunday November 13th, the team and I broke the seven-day cycling world record. With a total of 2230 miles, we added 19 miles to the existing record set by Arvis Sprude in July this year."
"What makes this record so impressive is that for three days of the record attempt every mile was affected by Hurricane Nicole"
"It was a gargantuan effort by all involved and I owe a huge thank you to the road team four amazing, professional, passionate, and enthusiastic people."