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Rob Britton is attempting the Fastest Known Time from Merritt-Fernie

The former pro is trying to ride 1000 km in two days

For a retired cyclist, Rob Britton isn’t exactly relaxing. He’s been impressing on the gravel circuit, with a solid sixth at the famous Unbound Gravel event. Now, he’s doing something a little different, and perhaps even more gruelling than one of the toughest off-road races around.

Britton will be attempting the break the FKT, the fastest known time, on the BC Epic 1000 route. It goes from Merritt to Fernie, British Columbia and at 1066 km, with 10,000 m of elevation gain, there’s a reason it’s got epic in its name.

The current record is two days, 16 hours and 45 mins. Britton’s goal is to finish it in less than two days. By the way, there’s also a ferry crossing, to make it even more fun.

Interview: Rob Britton’s transition from pro road to mountain bike and gravel racing

Although it’s clear that the former Rally pro loves a good challenge, he’s doing it for more than just bragging rights. The ride is raising money for the Wirth foundation. The group provides counselling to people in need who otherwise could not afford it.

Britton himself admits he’s seen the benefits of counselling and wants to raise awareness to counselling and to remove any stigma, in the ongoing journey of good mental health.

The ride begins Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 at 9 p.m. p.s.t in Merritt, BC.

If you’d like to donate, you can go to the Gofundme.com page

You can also follow his ride along live on Garmin.com