Derby cyclist riding for world record glory

Derby cyclist and adventurer Leigh Timmis is taking on his greatest challenge to date – breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest cycle across Europe.

Leigh, from Oakwood, sets off from the coast of Portugal and is aiming to cycle 4000 miles –
twice the distance of the Tour de France – in less than 20 days, smashing the current record
by at least nine days when he arrives in the Russian city of Ufa.

During the journey he crosses nine countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. 

The record currently stands at 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes, but fully supported by a team of sports science experts, he believes he can break the 20 day barrier.

He is also raising funds for the mental health charity MQ, as the roots for his remarkable cycling feats – including spending seven years cycling around the world – lie in the depression he suffered as a younger man.

Leigh, who filled the "Dare to Dream" slot at this year’s Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, said: “Attempting this record not only presents an opportunity for me to push the limits of human endurance but to raise awareness of mental health issues that are so close to my heart.

“It was depression and seeking something else in life that led to me cycling around the world, which in turn led me to this moment.

“Since I returned to Derby last year the support I’ve had from people has been phenomenal, and I hope that people will keep on getting behind me and make this not just a record for
myself, but for the whole city of Derby.”

Leigh is aiming for the help of sponsors and the support of the public to help pay for his equipment and support team. Derby businesses HUUB, Prima Velo, Archer Hampson, Accrofab and The University of Derby Human Performance Unit have already got involved to
help, but Leigh is hoping for further help to reach his target.

To learn more about Leigh’s amazing world record attempt and to get involved email him at

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