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Our Guy in China

Series 1-Episode 3

Series 1-Episode 3

Catch Up


Guy Martin does love a speed challenge. But his latest test also requires stamina, tenacity, preparation and a large pinch of madness. He intends breaking the record for the fastest crossing of China’s Taklamakan desert on a bicycle, even though legend has it that once you enter the desert, you never come out.

Still, fuelled by a kebab bought on a street corner, dressed in baggy trousers and riding a tatty old bike, the Lincolnshire mechanic sets out on the 341-mile journey. That’s what you call preparation. Luckily the locals help him en route – although he gets more than he bargained for when he’s offered home-made Viagra.


Guy Martin concludes his Chinese adventure by taking on his toughest-ever physical challenge as he sets to break the record for the fastest crossing of the Taklamakan Desert on a bicycle. He must travel 341 miles along the world's longest desert highway in less than 47 hours and as extreme fatigue sets in, he starts to nod off while riding, swerving off the edge of the road. Stopping in a lay-by for food and rest, he can't sleep because of his overactive mind and decides to keep riding through the night as he heads for the finish line in Qiemo.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Guy Martin
Director James Woodroffe
Director Ewan Keil
Executive Producer Steve Gowans
Producer James Woodroffe
Producer Ewan Keil
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