British cycling champion and former round the world cyclist Jonathan Shubert has set a new world record by cycling 1,300 kilometres across Oman in under 48 hours. The previous record for this distance was six days.
His most challenging feat of physical endurance to date, Shubert set off from Oman’s capital city, Muscat, in the north on Sunday morning and travelled from there across the country through the Wahiba desert, reaching the southern city of Salalah just after 4 am, local time.
Shubert, who is currently working at a British school in Oman as a science teacher, has been raising funds for humanitarian charity Lifting Hands International to support refugees in northern Iraq who remain without basic provisions.
“As a former British 24-hour national cycling champion and round the world cyclist, it only seems appropriate that I support Lifting Hands International in the best way I know how; by riding my bicycle,” shubert said.
“If we can manage to inform a few more people and to get a bit more help out that would be fantastic,” he told MEMO ahead of the record attempt.
Between March 2013 and March 2014 Shubert embarked on an unassisted, 30,000-kilometre circumnavigation of the globe, by bicycle, passing through 29 countries and three continents.
Only three weeks after completing his round the world expedition, Shubert fulfilled another life dream: cycling an unparalleled 835 kilometres in a single day to become the 2014 British 24-hour time trial champion.