Gaywood man prepares for World Record attempt

Robbie Ferri of King's Lynn attepting to break World Record. ANL-160320-111950009
Robbie Ferri of King's Lynn attepting to break World Record. ANL-160320-111950009

A Gaywood man has his sights on a new world record when he embarks on a whirlwind trip for charity in May.

Robbie Ferri, 28, wants to get his name in the Guiness World Records for cycling through the most countries in the space of a week.

The current record is 11, but the cycling fanatic aims to better that by pedalling his way through between 13 and 15 different countries.

His quest will begin in Holland and his world record attempt will see him clock up more than 1,000 miles in the saddle, while raising money for Little Discoverers.

The Lynn-based charity, which is based at Lynnsport, provides pre-school education for children with movement difficulties and delayed development.

Mr Ferri said: “I cannot think of doing anything better than waking up and cycling.

“I aim to raise a heck of a lot of money for the Little Discoverers and bring a world record back to King’s Lynn.

“I hope the money I raise for Little Discoverers will be able to send the kids away on a trip or buy them some new equipment.

“I’ve always had an ambition of achieving a world record.”

The World Record rules demand that Mr Ferri cannot use public transport for his challenge.

The former Springwood High School pupil has already mapped-out his country-hopping route and the record will be broken once he reaches Croatia.

Mr Ferri said: “Once I reach Italy, it will completely depend on the weather to which way I go.

“I could go in three or four different directions.”

Mr Ferri, who took up cycling less than two years ago, has already pedalled thousands of miles across the globe.

He first started his exertions with a trip to Paris for his sisters wedding.

“I had no money and wanted to get my sister a present for her wedding,” explained Mr Ferri.

“On a budget of just a £100 to buy a bike and travel expenses, I cycled to Paris over 24 hours and put a love lock on the love lock bridge for them.”

The spin cycling instructor at Lynn’s Heros Gym continued his exploits three months later with a 24-hour ride from London to Brussels to raise money for Little Heroes.

Last June, he travelled through ten countries in nine days to raise more than £1, 000 for Cancer Research before cycling from London to Alp D’Heuz in the French Alps in November.

Mr Ferri, who will stay in hostels and motels during his world record attempt, said: “I want to say a massive thanks to Gavin Nixon at Traditional Renovations Ltd because without his support this wouldn’t be happening.

“He gives me the time to train and is there for me on my trips. Without him I wouldn’t have opportunities like this.”

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