17th Nov, 2018

Solihull cyclist breaks three world records in daring bikes rides across America

Sarah Mason 9th Nov, 2018

A Solihull cyclist has just broken his own Guinness World record and two more after conquering a daring bike ride in which he had to fight fatigue, dehydration and… an aggressive American Bull Dog.

Peter Horton, aged 51, achieved the fastest 100km solo bike record in his age category (51-59) in May, breaking the previous record by five minutes with a time of just two hours and 57 seconds.

He completed the cycle despite suffering injuries after being hit by a car in Solihull after returning from training.

He broke his collar bone, ribs and finger.

After breaking the record against the odds and returning home, he set his sites on not one, but three new Guinness world records, including the 200km road record and the six-hour distance solo bike ride.

In one mammoth cycle he was able to set the standard once again by breaking his own record as well as the two new accolades.

Despite setbacks caused by hurricane Florence, Peter travelled to Lumberton, North Carolina, to inspect the flood-torn course he was set to ride.

Upon seeing the destruction, Peter decided to change courses and found a route which was not damaged by the hurricane and had felled trees and potential obstacles cut away.

He began his attempts on the morning of September 29 in White Oak, North Carolina and finished two hours and 54 minutes later, beating his original 100 km record.

During the ride, Peter says he was chased by an American Bull Dog who was ‘two leaps away’ from attacking his leg.

His support crew proved to be vitally important as not only did they manage to avert the angry Bull Dog they then cleared a pack of wild dogs from the road further along the course.

After completing the first record he had to persevere in order to break the others and at around midday he broke the six-hour record having covered an incredible 124 miles.

And only eight seconds later he shattered the final record completing the 200km in a world-beating time of 6 hours and 8.3 seconds.

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