Power Pedalling Record Breaker Lee Fancourt is back in the saddle for a new challenge – this time he’ll be attempting to smash the record for the fastest time to cycle 10,000 kilometres.
Lee, who was forced to prematurely end his attempt at the record for fastest round trip Land’s End to John O’Groats due to ill health, has been given the all-clear by doctors and is set for his next record bid.
This time he’ll be raising funds for Gloucestershire Young Carers and met with the charity’s newsletter team recently. The young people spent time with Lee interviewing him and testing out their photographic skills.
Lee says: “It was inspirational to meet the young carers at the charity. While I choose to take on the challenges I do, they face tough challenges every day of their life – caring for family members who are ill or disabled.”
The young carers’ interview with Lee will appear in the next newsletter ‘We Care, We Count’.
Meanwhile, Lee will embark upon his next challenge on September 22nd..
He says: “I’ll be cycling the 10000 km – that’s around 6,500 miles – around my home town of Gloucester. This will be an incredibly tough test of endurance as I will have to cycle over 300 miles (500 km) every day for 20 days in a row. I’ve got 10 days to prepare. Let’s hope weather is good, the knees stay strong and I succeed in World Record number 6 this year.”
Lee, who attended Beaufort School, has already smashed five world records including fastest cyclist to traverse Europe from North to South and achieved the furthest distance cycled in 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours by cycling round the Forest of Dean.
Next he set off to achieve ‘most countries visited on a bike in 24 hours’ and cycled through seven different countries smashing that record.
But, unfortunately, a stomach bug stopped him short en route to tackling the Land’s End to John O’Groats record.
But despite his bad luck he has still raised thousands for two charities: the Holly Gazzard Trust and James Hopkins Trust.
Now he is turning to Gloucestershire Young Carers.
“It means a lot to me to raise funds for charities based in my home city. I hope I can help Gloucestershire Young Carers and the inspiring young people I met.”
He is supported by local business Slam69 who have followed him every inch of his record attempts. In the Fancourt support team are Longlevens Sports Injury clinic, Fight Factory boxing gym. Also onboard are: Coinago bikes, Windwave UK, Gloworm lights, Uvex, ISM seats, Morgan Blue.