On the 5th August 2017 the ginger-bearded adventure athlete, Sean Conway, set off from Cabo de Roca in Portugal with one goal; to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of Europe by bicycle. He’d made brilliant progress having reached the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees by Tuesday 8 August – a distance of 800 miles.

It is with much sadness that on the 9th August 2017; he had to call an end to his World Record attempt due to an injury sustained while cycling. Sean has torn a muscle in his right hand quadriceps muscle which has left him unable to cycle without pain and has meant that he has lost all the power in the muscle, just before he was to attempt his first mountain stage.

This was not an easy decision for Sean to make and he’s disappointed to have let down the many people who have been eagerly following his journey online.

In a statement he commented:

SEAN CONWAY Cycling World Record“It’s with a very heavy heart that I have decided to withdraw from my World Record Cycle attempt due to injury. I have not taken this decision lightly and don’t deal very well with failing at challenges however I just do not feel that I will be able to give this record the power I need to break the impressive new record set recently by Jonas Deichmann.

“For now, I’m sorry that I’ve not been able to carry on and wish to thank everyone who has supported this project. Needless to say I’m now going to take some time out to recover as quickly as possible before I announce my next challenge. It’s such a tough decision to admit defeat and I am gutted however, I will take this time to rebuild my strength and come back stronger. It goes without saying that, all being well, I will be back to give this another shot next year.”

Ryan Georgiades, Managing Director of Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance added:

“We’re gutted for Sean. It’s so tough having to call time on a dream but we know he will be back and we’re looking forward to supporting him moving forward on his next adventure.”