King’s Lynn cyclist breaks the first of his two world record attempts
An avid West Norfolk cyclist revealed he has already broken a world record, just one day into his ultimate quest.
Robbie Ferri, of Gaywood, near King's Lynn, wants to cycle in 15 countries in seven days to beat the current record of 11.
But the cyclist, who took up the sport less than two years ago, announced he had pedalled his way to reaching five countries in 24 hours, surpassing the total of four and breaking a Guiness World Record.
In a video Mr Ferri posted on Facebook, he said: 'I have a confession to make. The most countries in seven days wasn't the only record I was going for, I was going for the most countries cycled in 24 hours as well.
'Already I have broken a record, which is awesome, but it's not the one I want. I want the seven days, so let's crack on.' The 28-year-old, who swapped his desk job in recruitment to become a spin instructor, visited Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany and France – unsupported – in just 24 hours.
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He is wearing a tracker so his friends, family and Guinness can keep an eye on his progress, and must provide video footage of his cycling and where he is staying, so the organisation can verify the challenge.
Mr Ferri wrote on Facebook: 'It's a massive achievement for me as my first trip was less than two years ago, I have come a long way since I started and feel very proud of my progress.
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'I'm still carrying on as I want the seven day record as well. It is a massive weight off my shoulders getting that first day done. I'm ahead of where I need to be but I am very fatigued.'
The cyclist started his adventure in Holland on Monday and yesterday hoped to reach Switzerland. The rest of his route is dependent on weather conditions. Mr Ferri is fundraising for Little Discoverers, a group in King's Lynn for pre-school children with disabilities. To follow his journey, visit www.ltdrobbie.org
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