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  Tuesday, July 28, 2009
   Bicycling across Canada-world record set by Cornel Dobrin

 VANCOUVER, Canada -- Cornel Dobrin, 24, started his journey on Canada Day at English Bay and finished 24 days later to end up in St. John's, Newfoundland-setting the world record for bicycling across Canada in the least amount of days.
   In total Dobrin biked up to 7,200 kilometres, which averages out to about 290 kilometres per day. (enlarge photo)

   “A few years ago I had the idea to go across Canada,” said Dobrin. “Out of curiosity I looked into the Guinness world record just to see what it was and thought to myself ‘Hey, I think I can do that.’”

   In 1999, Erik Straarup intended to cross Canada (all 7089 Km) on his bike in 27 days. He did it in 27 days 5 hours and 30 minutes, which is the previous Guinness world record for the fastest time for a cross Canada bike ride by an individual.

   There was rough terrain and bad weather but Dobrin says the advice he got from the previous record holder Erik Sraarup, who biked across Canada in 27 days, kept him motivated.

   "In terms of psychologically he just always said remember, think lots about the people back home, and the people that are rooting for you. Because those times when you want to quit, thinking about them is what's going to make you keep going."

    He departed from English Bay with his brother Alex driving behind him. However, he rode on his own from Calgary onward until his oldest brother Dan met up with him in Gander, N.L. The trip was a mental and physical challenge.

    “It gets really depressing when you’re by yourself all the time and you’re trying to bike 300 kilometres a day,” Dobrin said.

    His knees and feet hurt and a pinched nerve caused him to lose some feeling in his right hand.
     “(At) about 130 kilometres away I was thinking … that I wouldn’t be able to make it,” Dobrin said. “Then all of a sudden, (Alex’s) SUV pulls up next to me.”

    Dobrin gave his brother his backpack and any extra weight he had on the bike. “It was incredibly encouraging and relieving that I wouldn’t have to finish alone.”

    Cornel Dobrin wrote on his Facebook page: "My first 430km day I stopped 3 times in shops along the way because of rain. Each time I buried my face in my arms and cried. I had lost all hope. But when it came down to it, I got back up and went out there in the rain again to be battered and beaten some more before having to stop and cry again. You may have to take a breather every once in a while, but make sure you get back up."

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