One local man is set to become a record breaker during a mammoth ‘Euro Bike Challenge’ – an attempt to cover 47 countries, across the length and breadth of Europe, by motorcycle in just 30 days.
Setting off from Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday, April 22, Gordon Cruden will use the initiative to highlight the plight of women in addiction and to raise money for the purchase of female residential centre, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.
On the final stage of the challenge – through Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland – he aims to break the Guinness World Record by visiting the most consecutive capital cities by motorcycle.
Gordon hopes to smash the current record of five capital cities to visit 10 consecutively.
In order to achieve the record, he must meet strict criteria – for example, he must travel directly from city to city with no stops in between, except to refuel and cross international borders.
Gordon commented: “The main aim behind the Euro Bike Challenge is to raise awareness of the plight of women caught in addiction, whilst raising funds to purchase Benaiah, but to break a Guinness World Record in the process would be the absolute icing on the cake.
“It’ll be tough – but we’re confident we can achieve it.
The Euro Bike Challenge marks the launch of a five-year campaign to raise the £500,000 required to buy Benaiah, the facility which allows mothers to continue living with their children while they complete the faith-based addiction recovery.