OLD DAVIDEAN PAUL SPENCER PLANS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT TO BE THE FASTEST SOLO HUMAN TO CIRCUMNATIGATE THE GLOBE | St. David's College Old Davideans Association
Old Davidean Paul Spencer is already a 3 time Guiness World Record holder and now he is planning his greatest World Record attempt to date.
THE PLAN: “Wouldn’t it be cool if I rode around the world?”
Paul is currently mapping out a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – to pedal around the world starting this year. As a life-long traveller, he sees this opportunity as a dream he can achieve.
“Is that insane or just plain mad?”
Maybe it’s a little bit crazy (or mad) to the rest of the world. But for Paul, it’s simple.
“Out of the billions of people in the world, nobody has ever done this before, so why not?”
Of course, there are already records of cyclists riding ‘around the world’ but that method includes flying over the water and riding the 18,000 miles round trip, which, although impressive, really isn’t 'around the world'. Paul began looking at maps and charting a course that would allow him to ride completely around the world, across continents AND seas. Yes, it’s a crazy idea, and that’s exactly why it appealed to Paul. He and his best friend (and vital road trip crew member) started imagining what such a trip would be like, and what they would need to get there. Paul has designed his journey to cover 12 different stages. He has chosen a path that will include thousands of miles pedalled by bike and boat. The plan is to beat the current Guinness World Record of the Fastest Solo Human Circumnavigation of the Globe.
IT STARTED WITH A DARE
“Nobody can ride a bike across England and Scotland in less than a week,” said a friend one day over beers. “I can,” said Paul Spencer.
This self-proclaimed ‘sucker for a challenge’ ride spurred Paul into a lifestyle, and launched him into one of the most interesting cycling careers of our time. True to his word, Paul rode from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in 4 days, silencing his doubters and making him 10 pounds richer at the end. What began as a trip to prove a point has turned into a lifelong journey to try as many different bikes as possible, cycle across all of the continents, and eventually pedal around the world.
Paul has held 3 Guinness World Records and is continually pushing his own limits in races around the world. If you would like to get involved in supporting his World Record attempt, take a look at his website for more information: