Josh Quigley, the Scottish round-the-world endurance cyclist, is to make a second charity attempt at the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the greatest distance cycled in a week – unpaced. Josh’s bid will take place from 13th – 20th September 2021, and an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator will officially confirm Josh’s record at
Josh’s new attempt will aim to raise £10,000 for a charity called Feeding Communities, which was founded by Thomas Franks — Josh’s main sponsor — through the Thomas Franks Foundation. Josh’s previous bid raised over £10,000 for Arthritis Action, and he’s hoping to raise the same (if not more) this time around for Feeding Communities. Feeding Communities is dedicated to ending food poverty. It has delivered around 900,000 free, fresh meals to charities, community initiatives and the NHS.
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After suffering a severe knee injury, Josh was forced to abandon his bid on 30th April 2021 — five days in and with 1,215 miles completed. It was a heartbreaking moment, as the full-time professional athlete had set a pace that would have ultimately seen him succeed. Since then, Josh, who turned 29 at the start of September, has undergone intensive rehabilitation and recovery — and has been training hard with the determination and resolution that has helped him overcome so much. Now ready to take on this immense challenge, today Josh is calling on those who came out to support him last time to cheer him on once again. Josh hopes these supporters will give him that all-important extra boost and that he’ll finally set his first official world record.
“I’m excited to get back out on my bike and get this record set,” comments Josh. “This challenge has been hanging over me since injury forced me to pull out of the last attempt. But I’m fit, focused, and ready to get the job done.”
He continues: “I can’t tell you how much the support I got from the local communities along my route meant to me and the amount of motivation and determination it inspired. It would mean the world if those people were around to cheer me on during this attempt too.”
The world record for the greatest distance cycled in a week – unpaced has been broken three times in the last five years. The current record stands at 2,177 miles. It was set in Spain by Australian pro-cyclist Jack Thompson between 28th September and 4th October 2020, when he cycled an average of 311 miles each day. To break Thompson‘s record, Josh aims to cycle a daily average of 320 miles. He will cycle a similar but shorter route to the one he took in April. It will still take him in a loop between Aberdeen and the Cairngorms but will focus more on the areas — such as Peterculter and Ballater — where so many people lined the roads to cheer him on.
Josh‘s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt sponsor is . Frank Bothwell, Founder of Thomas Franks, comments, “We have supported Josh for many years now, ever since his last round-the-world campaign. He is an inspirational young athlete who gives people hope. His aspiration to win is a lesson to us all. Josh never gives up, just keeps moving forward and this second attempt of the world record, is a prime example.
David Geddes, President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, said, “We look forward to welcoming Josh to the home of the Braemar Gathering. The games park is the perfect setting to complete his journey. There have been many records broken here over the years, and we hope this fact provides him with inspiration. We wish Josh every success and hope his name can be added to the history books in keeping with our tradition of breaking sporting records.”
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To learn more about Josh and his cycling journey, please check out his website and social media: www.joshquigley2026.com