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Injury forces Guy Martin to pull out of latest world record attempt

Motorbike racer and television presenter Guy Martin has said he needs to "listen to my body more" after injury forced him to pull out of a world record attempt for the fastest cycle around the British coast.

Martin, from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, cycled around 800 miles in less than five days before he decided to cancel the attempt due to an injury to his Achilles tendon.

The 4,802-mile pedal-powered ride was the latest world record attempt by the 35-year-old TT star, who has set speed records in a variety of human and engine-powered vehicles.

He hoped to beat the current 22-day record by completing the distance in just 20 days.

In a statement on his website, Martin said: " Well, it's not gone quite to plan."

He continued: "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 it before it stops me' and it did stop me."

Martin said he has cycled more than 11,000 miles this year, including the Tour Divide in America and his daily commute to his job as a truck mechanic.

He has already set world records for fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled, fastest speed in a soap box and highest speed on a wall of death.

Earlier this year, he attempted to break the two-wheeled world land speed record in a purpose-built 400mph Triumph motorcycle, but was thwarted by conditions on the course at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The world record for fastest ride around the coast of Great Britain is held by Nick Sanders, who completed the distance in 22 days in 1984.


From Belfast Telegraph