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Mike Hall smashed Round the World Cycle Record!

18,000 miles through 20 countries and four continents in 92 days to beat the previous world record for circumnavigating the globe on a bicycle by nearly two weeks.

Big thanks to all the folk who followed me on my round the world race, the blogs and tweets were great and special thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

Everyone asks me whether it was more of a physical or a mental challenge. The biggest thing I’d done beforehand was the Tour Divide [2,745 miles off-road across North America] and that was 19 days. You know you’re falling to bits but because the end’s coming it doesn’t matter. But when the end isn’t coming, you’ve got to keep yourself going. 18,000 miles. That’s the thing.  Almost 200 miles a day for weeks on end.

At first there were quite a lot of aches and pains although not particularly tiredness; it was more tendons pulling and me having to stretch constantly and manage my saddle position. I was constantly chasing these ailments around my legs. When I got to warmer countries that was less of a problem. Then later, as the ride went on, it was more mentally tough.

I got across Europe and onto Asia Minor without a puncture. Then I got my first one about 50 miles outside Ankara [the capital of Turkey]. I got one or two in India and then I didn’t get any more until Sydney. Then I got three in about half an hour and I stopped counting after that.

I have had lots of questions about my diet, my kit, my shoes - they worked well except I had to move the buckle because my feet got thinner!

My epic ride is not quite finished, I set out to raise a minimum of £3,000 for my charity Newborns Vietnam to support training for nurses and life-saving equipment. Please dig deep and donate to help me make a difference to the number of newborn babies that survive in Vietnam - the final goal for my round the world ride is to hit the £3,000 - more if possible.

In May next year along with 25 other intrepid cyclists we are going off to be pioneers in Vietnam – only 850 miles in ten days. I am along to help the ride captain make this a great team ride and to help clean the bikes and ease aching muscles at the end of the day and tell a few stories ….. the worse bit, I rode into a hole in Albania. … to hear the story, join us on the Challenge Vietnam ride or invite me to speak at your event or be your after dinner speaker – and make a donation to my cause, Newborns Vietnam. I promise not to be dull.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving Cycle a Difference page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Newborns Vietnam and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

For more information on the charity, visit www.newbornsvietnam.org and cycle-a-diffference.com

(Finish picture is from Road.cc Check out their article at http://road.cc/content/news/59544-mike-hall-smashes-round-world-record-time-91-days-18-hours)

Raising money for

Newborns Vietnam

Newborns Vietnam

Charity Registration No. 1144562

Saving babies from their first breath - advancing neonatal intensive care in Vietnam to help close the gap between developing and developed world standards of newborn care. Our work addresses the critical shortage of nurses, trained health workers and basic specialist lifesaving equipment.

Donations 85

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Good luck in Vietnam Mike...

Donation by Mark & Laura Richmond on 11/05/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 10/03/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Today on Mother's Day I want to help others to become mums .

Donation by Patricia Hall on 10/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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From all customers and friends at Dalby Bike Barn..inspirational talk...massive achievement...very worthy cause

Donation by dalby bike barn on 30/11/12

£401.09

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Nice one fella, great talk.....what an adventure.

Donation by mark bentley on 29/11/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

sorry its taken so long to make a donation! Very inspirational

Donation by Pete Crawforth on 23/10/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Thanks for the talk on Thursday, the collection pot missed me on the way round so here you go! Inspiring stuff, keep it up.

Donation by Jon Hobson on 19/10/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 18/10/12

£101.20

Fantastic achievement!

Donation by Sash on 18/09/12

£10.00

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Incredible achievement. We were all really glad to see you at the finish

Donation by Vassili Papastavrou on 17/09/12

£100.00

Donation by Anonymous on 17/09/12

£20.00

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Great cause Mike. Wish I could join you for the ride! Enjoy!

Donation by Richard Rothwell on 05/09/12

£20.00

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Fantastic Result!

Donation by Lydia on 05/07/12

£20.00

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Congratulations on a superb effort for a worthy cause

Donation by Anne Spain on 03/07/12

£10.00

Donation by Gary Ewing on 03/07/12

£30.00

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:-)

Donation by Clara on 02/07/12

Donation by Anonymous on 30/06/12

£10.00

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Filled with admiration for what you did, and for the cause you chose. I hope you manage to raise a lot more!

Donation by Paul Harris on 14/06/12

£20.00

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The man, not so much a myth and definitely a legend. Great to see you cross that line in London - safe, intact (there or there abouts) and smiling!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/06/12

£20.00

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Mike I bet you know as may people as miles you rode. If we all give a tenner that would be a sweet donation!

Donation by Rory on 09/06/12

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Mike, I followed your progress on Twitter. Your trip was incredible. You have my total respect. Very well done

Donation by Lawrence Jackson on 09/06/12

£25.00

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Donation by Kathryn Burley on 08/06/12

£20.00

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Well done mate, that was a truly inspiring performance..

Donation by Matt Cope on 08/06/12

£20.00

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TOP LOOP!

Donation by Anthony White on 06/06/12

£20.00

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Read your story on the guardian website - astounding!

Donation by Siarl Siviyer Dixon on 06/06/12

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,635.29
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,635.29
  • Gift Aid£47.50

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