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Baja, Mexico - 2013 Paul starts his epic training ride from Baja, Mexico to his home in Denver, Colorado. A trip covering 1,980 miles which he completed in just 19 days.
The truth is I just love riding and riding different bikes given half a chance. What I would really like is to be a pro cyclist - not a Tour de France sort of thing - but lots of different experiences on different types of bicycles! Riding my bike relaxes me, calms me down and gives me plenty of time to think about and plan all sorts of projects!
Although I have enjoyed riding since a young boy living in North Wales, I really started again seriously as an alternative form of exercise to skiing - and to save my knees!! The madness started with a dare and the ride from Lands End to John o Groats - nobody believed me when I said I could do the trip in less than a week! 4 days and 880 miles later and I proved my point! Since then I have become a lot more serious about training and preparation but I really do enjoy this sort of endurance challenge!
Ultimately, I plan to be the first person to circumnavigate the world solely by pedal power!
Paul Spencer - www.yeshesmad.com
I had seen an article about the Tour D'Afrique in a magazine in the staff hut at Beaver Creek and was totally hooked by the idea of racing from Cairo to Cape Town. I had to save some money and find the time and equipment as well as train! This is what my other trips became - preparation for the TDA 2011 - especially my Guinness World Record cycling across America in 2010! But also my touring trips to Nepal and New Zealand! Africa was amazing - a fantastic experience during which I learned a lot and made some great friends!! I also managed to contract malaria and tropical sprue, but even that became a learning experience in itself and despite my illness I still placed 6th overall, winning two of the individual sections and several 'mando' days!!
It did take me a while to recover completely and get back to full strength after Africa, but I am at a great place right now as far as my training and fitness are concerned. Living and working in Colorado and training under the regime of my personal trainer Billy Kuhn is working out really well.
A little while ago I discovered that my world record had been broken by another Brit, Glen Burmeister. I wasn't too surprised - it was quite breakable!! This same guy also holds the world record for cycling across Europe between North Cape, Norway and Tarifa, Spain. I am obviously left with no option but to try for the European one - so that is my next challenge this summer!! I am really excited by it!! Then in late summer I am planning on cycling in the Race Around Ireland and before then I hope to take part in some local criteriums in Denver! 2013 has already started well - in January of this year I embarked on a solo training ride - 1970 miles from Baja, Mexico, home to Colorado!! I am ready!!
I do love a challenge and would particularly like to achieve something no-one else has ever done - thus my ultimate goal remains to be the first person to truly pedal around the world, including the ocean crossings. Everything else I attempt/achieve I consider to be building blocks to that end!! Is that insane or just plain mad??
Pauls Previous Challenges
2013 - Baja, Mexico to North Colorado
2012 - Colorado Triple Crown
2011 - Coast-to-coast, Scotland
2011 - Tour D'Afrique, Cairo to Cape Town
2009 - World Record cycle across America
North-to-South, New Zealand
Kathmandu to Nepal (via Everest base camp)
Lands End to John O'Groats
Guinness World Record - 2009 In 2009 Paul set a Guinness World Record for the fastest cycle across America.
Dean Stanley Paulss logistical manager, Dean Stanley, is Pauls man behind the scenes. Responsible for day-day management of Pauls adventures!
Throughout all of his cycling endeavours Paul supports Lupus UK and the Lupus Foundation of America. Through his adventures Paul has raised thousands of pounds for research into better lives for Lupus sufferers.
Paul Spencer is a British born endurance athlete who competes in long distance cycling events and challenges.