Derby man plans to cycle around the world
A DERBY-BORN champion racer plans to break a world record next year by travelling more than 19,000 miles on his bike.
Cyclist Vin Cox will visit six different continents and cross more than 20 countries during his Great Bike Ride next year.
pedal power: Cyclist Vin Cox is hopes to break the world record for travelling the most miles on a bike for charity.
The 34-year-old cyclo-cross champion, who has already cycled in America, Belgium and France, is hoping to complete his 19,119-mile trip in less than 175 days. This would beat current world-record holder James Bowthorpe's time when he circumnavigated the globe in September 2009.
Mr Cox, who was born in Derby but now lives in Cornwall, said while he hoped to break the world record, he wanted it to be an adventure.
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He said: "There's not a set route for circumnavigation record attempts but there are rules. Above all, you need to start and finish in the same place, travel at least 18,000 miles and not back-track.
"But the route is special because I want to be the first record holder who has visited Africa and South America on the journey.
"In fact, the only continent I'll not visit is Antarctica but I should have the broadest experience of culture, climate and things which make life both difficult and exciting."
Mr Cox first decided to embark on the journey in 2008 and has spent the past year improving his fitness and planning his route.
The trip, which starts in Britain in February, sees Mr Cox travel through France, down to South Africa, across India, through Thailand and Indonesia and into Australia and New Zealand.
He will then travel to Canada, crossing America, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina before hitting the south of Spain and making his way back up to Britain.
Mr Cox said: "The route is estimated at about 19,119 miles but really it's likely to be more because of the twists in the roads. It is subject to approval for a record attempt and flexible for security and visas and, ultimately, it allows me to have a proper adventure."
The journey is also a charitable one, as Mr Cox has set himself a fund-raising target of £18,000 for the Geoff Thomas Foundation, which supports people with cancer.
The charity was set up in 2003 after ex-England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Mr Cox said: "I used to race with a lot of people involved with the charity and it seemed like a good idea for me to get involved too.
"The charity does fantastic work."
For information on how to sponsor Mr Cox or to donate to the Geoff Thomas Foundation, visit www.cyclo-cross.com