'King of Spin' Craig Gilchrist may saddle up for new record bid
CYCLIST Craig Gilchrist who was only 12 hours away from breaking a world record before collapsing has said he would consider doing it again.
The 32-year-old clocked up more than 213 hours on an exercise bike and trebled his fund-raising target of £1,000 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
But his attempt came to an early end when he collapsed in the saddle at the Wallace Sport and Education Centre, Abbey Hulton, earlier this month.
The personal trainer, who is now resting at home in Dividy Road, Bentilee, said: "I am really gutted about it. I was so close to breaking the record that I could almost grasp it."
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Craig, who works for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, was taken to hospital following the attempt with a mixture of exhaustion and dehydration.
He added: "It was the sleep deprivation that really got to me and I found myself hallucinating a lot.
"I did 2,806 miles at the point that I collapsed and my average speed was around 13mph which is actually faster than the world record title."
Craig believes he has set a national record.
He said: "I thought it was absolutely brilliant and I gave everything that I had to try and get the record.
"I can't say I would do it again for certain, because my wife would kill me but you never know what the future holds. At the moment I am just concentrating on getting lots of rest and recovering."
The record for a spin bike ride stands at 224 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds and is held by Italian Patrizio Sciroli.