The Bangkok Post has reported on a British rider's 'round the world record' stating that he sliced 81 days (I think) from Mark Beaumont's record. In other words he did 29500km (another report said 23500) in 113 days. Alan Bates, who lives in Chiang Rai, has previously claimed to be an 'ex-professional' rider. He has recently claimed as part of his publicity for this 'record' that he has ridden for the British Team. First of all there is no record that an Alan Bates has held a British professional licence and Liverpool riders have never heard of him. The archivist at British Cycling also has no record of an Alan Bates ever appearing in a British jersey. This all begs the question .... why has Alan made these stories up and did he really ride around the world? I ask the second part of the question because having seen his photograph he does not look like a rider who has suffered 250km (circa) a day for 113 days on a bicycle. He would look gaunt without a hint of his stomach hanging over his shorts. So if anyone knows Alan can they get him to verify all of his claims? I would hate this record to be unfairly taken away from Mark Beaumont who did a magnificent ride.