Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.

Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway

by CyclingTips

Motorcycle racer turned television presenter Guy Martin is attempting to cycle around the entire coast of Great Britain, and in record time.

The route is 4,802 miles (7,728kms) and Martin’s goal is to complete the distance in 20 days. He began at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, 5 December, with the goal of finishing by 5:00 a.m. on Christmas.

The current record is 22 days set by Nick Sanders in 1984.

“It all starts here. It’s further than you think,” Martin said in a self-shot video. “If you’d have asked me, you’d think… Land’s End to John O’Groats is 900 miles, so it would be times two plus a bit. But it’s not, it’s miles. 4,802. That’s what the official record distance is.”

Martin has experience with cycling records, setting the British motor-paced cycling land speed record at 112.94 mph (181.76km/h) in 2013. That record was subsequently broken last April by Neil Campbell.

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