Paul Spencer Breaks World Record by Covering US on Bicycle in 44 Days

Paul Spencer set out to break the Guinness World Record for the “Fastest Cycle Across America: North to South, then West to East” on July 8.  The twenty-nine-year-old completed his mission on August 21, breaking the previous record by 400 days.  Spencer completed the 4,700-mile trip in just 44 days.

Spencer started the first leg of his trip at the U.S. – Canadian border in Blaine, Washington on July 8, and worked his way to the U.S. – Mexican border at San Ysidro on July 22.  The cyclist completed the 1,700-mile journey in just 15 days.  Two days later, he began the 3,000-mile trek from Los Angeles to New York.

Spencer said that compared to the second stretch of his journey, the North to South section was a breeze.  While making his way East, Spencer traveled across Arizona deserts with temperatures topping 125 degrees.  After making his way through the scorching heat, Spencer rode through heavy storms while crossing the Rockies in Colorado, followed by riding into strong headwinds as he crossed the plains in Kansas.

Over the course of his trip, Spencer was able to stay ahead of his goal of averaging 100 miles per day and shatter the former record set in 1999. 

As part of his record setting efforts, Spencer was able to raise money to support a variety of causes he works with.  Organizations Spencer raised funds for include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Lupus Foundation of America, and Disability Snowsport UK. 

Spencer plans to tackle the Tour D’Afrique in 2011, making a 7,500-mile journey from Cairo to Cape Town.

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