A FORMER Wisbech man has broken the Guinness World Record for riding the length and breadth of America.
Christian Layton-Hannam (24), who now lives in Spalding, and university friend Will Loxton completed their mammoth trek on Thursday – several days ahead of the previous Guinness world record of 44 days, one minute and 26 seconds.
The pair have been careful to stick to the stringent rules imposed by Guinness World Records but are still awaiting ratification of their time of 38 days and nine hours by the organisation.
Christian’s grandparents Thelma and Richard Hannam, who live in Wisbech, have been inundated with requests for updates on his journey and said: “We are very proud of him.”
Christian and Will’s route has taken them from north to south, then west to east across America on a journey of around 4,600 miles.
They started on the North-West US border with Canada in a small town called Blaine, WA, then cycled down the spine of the USA passing through Washington, Oregon and California before arriving at the South-West border with Mexico. From there they drove back up to Los Angeles and, starting from the west coast, crossed the USA, passing through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, and finally Virginia before crossing the finish line at New York City Hall.
The pair, who started out on August 14, hoped to cycle 120 miles a day, but managed to get ahead of schedule by upping the ante – one day riding 200 miles.
They have already raised more than £10,000 for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and Livestrong – a cancer charity set up by professional cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Christian’s dad Andrew, of the former Andrew’s Travel and Layton’s china shop in Wisbech, and sister Lucinda flew out to New York on Sunday and will be staying there this week to spend some time with Christian.