King’s Lynn cyclist breaks world record for the most countries cycled in seven days
PUBLISHED: 11:23 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 12 October 2017
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An avid cyclist did not let a few mishaps on his journey stop him from breaking a world record.
Robbie Ferri, 30, made it his mission to cycle in as many countries in only seven days, with the Guinness World Record standing at 11.
He was able to beat that target by cycling in 12 countries in September but had initially hoped to make it through 14.
Mr Ferri, from Gaywood, King’s Lynn, said: “I came back really disappointed, the record is so easily achievable.”
Last year Mr Ferri had attempted the challenge and even broke a record, at that time, by reaching five countries in 24 hours.
But his quest was cut short when he suffered a knee injury on the fourth day.
Determined not to give up, Mr Ferri used the setback as an opportunity to work harder in order to smash the record this year.
“It was a real shame looking back but I’m glad I had to work for it,” he said. “It made it a more realistic possibility.”
Starting from Poland, he weaved his way through eastern Europe, battling poor weather conditions in the Balkans and was about to cross the Alps in Italy when he suddenly fell ill.
“I lost 12 hours in the end and I woke up thinking there was going to be a high chance of not making it.
“Without the problems I could have definitely be able to do the 14, I know my level of fitness,” he added.
Covering 250 miles on the seventh and final day, Mr Ferri eventually ended his journey in Germany with only 45 minutes to spare.
“I lost a lot of daylight hours but I really liked riding at night, it was beautiful,” he said. “Because I was spending a lot of time at dusk and dawn it was stunning everywhere.
“I can’t believe how beautiful easter Europe was, I can’t wait to go back.
“Although the weather was terrible the wildlife was beautiful.”
He will attempt the challenge for the third time next year on a new route in the hope that he will reach 14 countries.
Mr Ferri had only taken up cycling as a serious sport three years ago, after he cycled to Paris to attach a padlock on a love lock bridge as a wedding gift to his sister.
“I like the adventure of it all and just to go around the world,” he added.
“I’d like to thank Kevin at The Nelson, Helen Milham from Glorious Food, Dan Kelly from BNI Norfolk and Peter from Fatbirds for their support.”