Last updated on September 21st, 2021 at 01:57 PM
Josh Quigley, the Scottish round-the-world endurance cyclist, has been provisionally confirmed as the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ holder for the greatest distance cycled in a week – unpaced.
Josh recorded a distance of 2179.66 miles — beating Australian pro-cyclist Jack Thompson by 2.66 miles. Josh is the first Scottish person to hold the record and, at 29, is also the youngest.
Completing his attempt at 4:00am yesterday morning, Josh cycled a daily average of 311.38 miles, following a loop between Aberdeen and the Cairngorms.
He passed through places including Peterculter and Ballater, where crowds gathered at the roadside throughout the attempt to cheer him on.
So far, Josh’s challenge has also raised £12,055 for a charity called Feeding Communities, which was founded by Thomas Franks — Josh’s main sponsor — through the Thomas Franks Foundation.
“For the last six months, I’ve had this challenge hanging over me after my first failed attempt. Since then, there have been many sleepless nights worrying about my knee injury letting me down again,” comments Josh.
“So, to come up here and execute on the plan — and achieve a new world record is the greatest feeling ever. I am so happy and relieved I got it done. Huge thanks to my sponsor, my whole team and the loyal, passionate fans who were coming out in their hundreds to support me along the route each day.”
Earlier this year, Josh made his first attempt at the record but was forced to withdraw after suffering a severe ankle injury — one of the consequences of a 40-mph cycling accident that he was involved in while winter training in Dubai.
But it was also a triumph over adversity as in 2019 Josh was hit by a car in a near-fatal 70-mph accident during a round-the-world cycling challenge.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator Glenn Pollard provisionally confirmed Josh’s record at Braemar Highland Games Park yesterday.
He comments: “I’d like to congratulate Josh on this incredible achievement and provisionally welcome him to the elite community of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ holders.
His resolution and drive should not be underestimated, and I’m so impressed by the determination he’s shown — not just over the last seven days, but through his entire pro-cycling career.”
David Geddes, President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, said: “We are delighted to congratulate Josh on this amazing achievement. Endurance, strength, and resilience are qualities we see in our competitors on Gathering Day.
These same qualities combined with a sheer determination to succeed have enabled Josh to reach his goal of breaking a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title. We are proud to be part of this special moment and wish Josh all the best for the future.”
Josh’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt sponsor is Thomas Franks.
Frank Bothwell, Founder of Thomas Franks, comments: “We are immensely proud to be the main sponsor for Josh’s world record and just in awe of what Josh has accomplished after everything he has been through.
Since the beginning, we have been supporting and rooting for Josh in all he has been doing – his aspiration for this record attempt is a lesson to us all. All in Thomas Franks congratulate Josh and this incredible achievement.”
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