A British cyclist Pav Bryan who lives with bipolar is undertaking a comprehensive training programme in preparation for a World Record attempt this September – achieving the fastest cycle ride of America’s iconic Route 66.

Pav will attempt to cycle 2,500 miles west to east across the country - from LA to Chicago - in under 11 days.

Living with bipolar

The award-winning coach suffered for years with bipolar disorder alongside addiction and in 2011 realised "something had to change".

He worked hard to turn his life around through nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques and with the support of those around him managed to make big changes in his life.

Pav went on to start Direct Power Coaching and is now attempting to break the world record in support of two mental health charities: Mind and NAMI. He wants to raise awareness, for men especially, that they don’t need to suffer in silence with mental health.

The World Record attempt, this September 2018, will follow the original 2500 miles of road network as closely as possible, using the official Bicycle Route 66.

Previous attempts include Danielle Giordano, who rode a similar route in Sept/Oct 2016, taking 23 days but this was never registered as a record. There was also a Route 66 Bike Race, sadly cancelled midway through, where riders reportedly finished in around 12 days, again no official record was registered.

Pav will have a full support crew alongside him and publicity events are planned in each major city.

You can follow Pav’s training and the ride itself on Twitter, Facebook or his website.