Guy Martin quits World Record attempt
Guy Martin has quite his latest World Record attempt due to injury.
The TT sensation was set to cycle the coast of the UK in 20 days, beating the 22 day World Record set by Nick Sanders, however after completing 800 miles of the 4,802 mile course, Martin retired.
The World Record attempt was cancelled due an Achilles tendon injury.
Martin released a statement on his website, stating: “I’ve cycled over 11,000 miles this year, including the Tour Divide in America, to and from work most days and I spent three weeks in China in October, back for a few days at work, straight to New Zealand for ten days racing motorbikes, back for a few days at work then off.
“I badly pulled my Achilles tendon on the left side after a day or so but thought I’d just get my head down and work through it. I kept good miles up and got to John O’Groats from Grimsby in 4 days and 8 hours, about 800 miles. But my leg was getting worse and I thought I could keep going and maybe do the whole lot in 30 days but I knew I’d be jiggered for a long time after and maybe even have serious long-term damage, which would mean I couldn’t do the serious cycle trip I’ve got in my head for next year.
“So I’ve put my push bike back in the shed for the rest of the year, giving my leg a chance to recover. I’m back at work and I realise I need to listen to my body more. By just manning up I was papering over the cracks. Thanks very much for the support, loads of folk wishing me well and that was mega.
“It is what it is and like I said, “I’ve got to stop before it stops me” and it did stop me.”
We wish Guy a speedy recovery and we can’t wait to see what challenge he’s taking on next!