Guy Martin passes through north east during record attempt

Motorcycle racing champion and television personality Guy Martin.
Motorcycle racing champion and television personality Guy Martin.

Television personality and adrenaline junkie Guy Martin passed through Angus and the Mearns this week in a bid to set a new world record by cycling around the British coast in 20 days.

Guy and his television crew stopped off for breakfast at Johnshaven, in the Mearns, on Wednesday morning while cycling up the North-east coast en route for Aberdeen and beyond.

He set off from Grimsby on Sunday morning, attempting to pedal 4800 miles and be back home by Christmas Day.

A star of the motorcycle racing world - he has shone at the world-famous TT races on the Isle of Man among other events - Guy has also set records for the fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled, in a soap box and highest speed on a wall of death, all filmed for television.

The 35-year-old is attempting to break the world record for cycling the circumference of Great Britain currently held by Nick Sanders, who completed it in 22 days in 1984.

Guy said: “If I finish any time before 5 o’clock on Christmas morning, then I’ve broken the record.

“I’ve got to do 250 miles a day, every day. If I do 250 miles a day, I think it will take me 18-and-a-half days. We’ll see. It’s a big job. Biggest job yet. But I like a challenge.”

Conditions on the course at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah foiled his attempt earlier in the year to break the two-wheeled world land speed record on a 400mph Triumph motorcycle.

However, viewers of his latest programme, Our Guy in China - part two was screened this week - saw the truck mechanic break the record for the fastest crossing of the vast Taklaman Desert on a bicycle. He made his successful challenge through the ‘desert of death’ using the bike on which he commutes to work!