BRAVE Gloucester round-the-world cyclist Lee Fancourt has been excluded from the race on a technicality but he’s determined to finish and raise much-needed charity cash.
He has overcome major spills in Croatia and India and is currently reeling off the miles in Australia, even though he is not officially part of the World Cycle Race.
“I was disqualified for not leaving my support drivers without food/water for 24 hours in India,” told the Gloucester Citizen through Facebook.
“As I had no other choice than to get in a taxi and ensure their welfare, I've been disqualified.
“It makes no difference to me though, I'm still going to be the fastest person in history to cycle the world.”
His challenge hinged on India where he experienced highs and lows - chaotic driving, a big crash, but a big plus was covering 100 miles in just over five hours.
“I told everyone who would listen before I left that I was going to be the fastest person ever to cycle around the world and that still stands. I will be back in Greenwich within 90 days, thus smashing all riders’ times before me.
“Being WCR champion is only a label. It doesn't matter in reality. What matters is me achieving my goal.”
Averaging more than 225 miles a day, he has gone through France, Monaco, Italy, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, India, Vietnam and Thailand, and is now in Australia before heading to New Zealand.
After a flight across the Pacific Ocean he will cross the USA before another flight to Portugal, and a ride up through Spain and France to Greenwich.
He is raising cash for Gloucester charity for young people, Increase the Peace, and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
So far sponsors have donated more than £600, and he made a heartfelt plea for more people to give what they can.
Sleeping rough, surviving on a small amount of cash at times, and even worrying about wild tigers in India have presented plenty of obstacles.
“Being kicked out the race was disappointing but what's even more disappointing to me is how much money people have donated for my charities,” he said. “Please help me save a child's life or if you're from Gloucester, Increase the Peace.”
To sponsor Lee, visit www.justgiving.com/Lee-Fancourt4