Recognise Robert Grew's Unsupported World Record
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Thank you for visiting amateur endurance cyclist, Robert Grew's, petition for the recognition of unsupported long distance athletic attempts as a separate category from fully supported attempts.
In July 2014, Robert completed a remarkable journey. He not only cycled 3605 miles across Europe from Nordkapp, Norway to Tarifa, Spain in 39 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes and 59 seconds, but he also did this completely solo and without any kind of support whatsoever. After nearly 40 days and nights on the road he finally pulled into Tarifa a mere 4.5 hours faster than the previous unsupported record set by Glen Burmeister in 2011. However, during his official Guinness World Record attempt, the international body contacted Robert to inform him that a new world record had been set, much faster than his in a time of 22 days, 11 hours by Paul Spencer! This attempt, however, was conducted under very different circumstances to Robert's.
Paul Spencer's attempt was fully supported. This means he had a team of specialist chefs, masseurs, navigators, translators, fixers, mechanics around him including a mobile home to simply climb into every night and rest.
Being unsupported presented Robert with a host of additional challenges such as finding his own food every day (some 5000-6000 calories!), navigating his route by hand using regional road maps, finding a place to stay every night, pitching a tent and camping in all kinds of weather, dealing with all kinds of mechanical problems himself, looking after his own physical condition and running his own online updates throughout the challenge to help generate the £3000 he raised for charity.
All of which meant that an unsupported cyclist attempting the same record would be disadvantaged by around 2-3 hours of pure cycling time every day.
It is with this in mind that we raise this petition now.
Please sign the petition today for Guinness World Records to recognise the distinction between unsupported and supported attempts at long distance records with separate categories and help amateur athletes seek the recognition they deserve!
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