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Ian To abandons Land's End to John O'Groats record attempt

37-year-old was 25 hours into attempt and had covered more than half the 840 miles when he was forced to stop

Wiltshire cyclist Ian To has been forced to abandon his attempt at breaking the Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) record.

The 37-year-old set off from Land’s End yesterday morning aiming to complete the 845-mile journey in less than 44 hours and break Gethin Butler’s record of 44 hours 4 minutes and 20 seconds, set in 2001 and recognised by the Road Records Association (RRA).

By this morning, his support team tweeted to say that he was on the A6 heading towards Carlisle, but shortly afterwards they announced on Twitter that he had been forced to abandon the attempt.

They wrote: “Yesterday Ian suffered with heatstroke. He also had a minor crash early on.

“He's struggled with a bad stomach throughout the night and this morning we've decided, for his safety, to abandon the attempt.

“We choose to go out but we must come back.”

In a subsequent message, they said: “We've informed the RRA of our decision and Ian's now resting up and hydrating.

“Thanks for all your support, it's helped so much to keep everyone motivated.

“We knew the attempt would be tough and the conditions would need to be perfect. Not this time though.”

At the point where To abandoned at around 10am this morning he had covered 470 miles at an average speed of 18.3 miles an hour and would have had to cover the remaining 375 miles at an average speed of 20.5 miles an hour to break the existing record.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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