On the 26th of September 2018, Leigh cycled into the record books, becoming the fastest person to cycle across Europe in a time of 16 days 10 hours and 45 minutes. Leading a team of sports science experts, he pioneered an innovative ‘no compromise’ approach to ultra-endurance cycling to break the previous world record by an astonishing eight days and seventeen hours.
This incredible achievement was built upon a unique and inspirational journey of self-discovery. In 2010, Leigh left the UK to cycle around the world on his epic, solo expedition of 44,000 miles over seven years, across 51 countries, and on a budget of only £5 per day. Pushing the limits of cycling and human endurance, he rode his bicycle in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth but also to some of the most magnificent.
Leigh’s life changing experiences have instilled within him a deep belief in the goodness and strength of humanity. Since returning from his epic adventure in April 2017, Leigh has focused on helping others to become better versions of themselves though motivational speeches for business and education audiences across the UK. Leigh is an ambassador for MQ: Transforming Mental Health and is the Honorary Colonel of the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force.
Leigh’s exciting and moving stories of aspiration, self-motivation and survival have been published in the international and national press (ABC Australia, BBC, Daily Telegraph). Leigh has also made appearances on BBC television and radio as well as delivering talks for TEDx and National Geographic.
In November 2022, Leigh has his sights set on breaking the world record for the Greatest Distance Cycled in Seven Days.