James Bowthorpe will try to beat the record on his round-the-world bicycle trip.

The record time for cycling around the world is 194 days 17 hours set by Mark Beaumont early last year. Now British cyclist James Bowthorpe is aiming for 150 days, with a goal of raising funds and awareness for a Parkinson’s disease charity.

The 31-year-old will leave London on 29 March, with a goal of riding 120 miles a day and travelling 18,000 miles through 21 countries. He hopes to raise £1.8 million (US$25m) – £100 (US$140) per mile cycled – for the Psychiatry Research Trust’s What’s Driving Parkinson’s? campaign.

Setting off on his Dutch Santos Travelmaster bike with Rohloff hub and the Santos belt drive system, Bowthorpe will pass through Western and Eastern Europe, Iran, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Portugal and Spain.

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The concept of the world record is well established in the UK and something of a British obsession. The present record holder is a guy called Mark Beaumont who completed the ride last year on a Koga. He received a lot of press coverage and the BBC also produced a 4-part TV documentary which was More >