Exciting news! We are delighted to announce that ACE Sameday Couriers is backing a bid to set a new cycling world record. We have agreed to become the headline sponsor for Leigh Timmis’s record breaking attempt – The Fastest Cycle Across Europe – in September.
The start and finish points for the record are Cabo da Roca on the west coast of Portugal and Ufa, Russia – the most Westerly and Easterly points of Europe respectively. Leigh is starting his journey by the Atlantic Ocean and ending it on the Russian steppe. In his way are the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and 4000 miles of relentless pedalling.
Leigh recently spent 7 years riding around the world, returning to his home city of Derby in 2017, so he knows a thing or two about endurance cycling. His solo adventure was the beginning of a journey of self-discovery and the Fastest Cycle Across Europe will be a continuation of this but with a different focus; Leigh’s attempt will be fully supported and he will be aiming to slice more than 9 days off the current record which stands at 29 days.
It’s a monumental challenge and Leigh is being supported by a highly professional team including a physiologist, a psychologist and a nutritionist who are all based at the University of Derby. By meticulously preparing for the ride Leigh and his team are aiming to pre-empt many of the problems that have hampered previous attempts, be they physical, mechanical or psychological.
Leigh is a passionate advocate for better mental health awareness and works hard to promote the conversation through speaking to groups in schools and businesses around the region. He is supporting mental health research charity MQ: Transforming Mental Health.
We are delighted to have become sponsors for this fantastic project and we can’t wait for the ride to begin. We’ll be posting regular updates on Leigh’s training and preparation as the attempt draws closer and begins.
Check out Leigh’s progress via live tracking at www.leightimmis.com – you can see how he compare’s to the current record holder Sean Conway’s bid earlier this year (though Conway’s ride was unsupported and will inevitably be slower than Leigh’s who has a road team with him providing support).
And check out the article in the Derby Telegraph www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/leigh-timmis-cycling-1652754
Last week we delivered the support vehicle to Lisbon and handed it over to Leigh and his team at the airport. Now Leigh is pedalling across Poland towards Lithuania. Here is his latest vlog: