We’ve all been there. You’re smashing a ride before getting a text that cuts your KOM hunting short. Well, Dean Stott just experienced that in the most epic way ever.
The former Special Forces soldier had set off from the southern most point of South America with the target of riding the whole way to Alaska in 110 days, with the plan of besting the previous record which stood at 117 days.
However, things soon took on a new edge when Stott got a call from his wife mid-way through his ride.
“I did the South America phase and took 10 days off that world record, so I knew I was in a good position,” Stott, who was looking to smash the world record and raise some cash for mental health charity Heads Together, the same that co-founded by Prince Harry.
“Then the day after I got into America, my wife rang me to tell me we were being invited to the royal wedding.
Stott got the invite after first meeting Prince Harry when they were they trained together for six weeks while in the armed forces back in 2007. His fundraising efforts for Heads Together have seen him raise £500,000 and put him on the Prince’s radar.
What did that mean for his world record attempt? “If I originally went for 110 days it would have been on day 107, so I literally had to give up my rest days and start pushing out some big miles – that was another incentive.
“I was quite comfortable knowing I had broken the world record, but it was just like ‘right, now you need to get to the wedding’.” He told the Evening Standard.
The Brit finished his epic ride in Alaska on Saturday and with the added impetus of the Royal wedding managed to destroy the previous record by taking a whopping 17 days off the original.
Clocking in with a time of 99 days, 12 hours and 56 minutes, the former soldier had just a week to scrub up for the big day at the St George’s Chapel where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be getting hitched.