Dean Stott is a former British Special Forces Soldier who left the military after suffering a severe knee injury in a parachuting accident in 2011. He then established a distinguished career in the private security sector; he was renowned for his willing to take on any job, no matter how dangerous.
However, in 2016 Dean was ready for a new project and wanted to use this to help others. He began training to cycle the longest motorable road in the world – The Pan American Highway. Dean completed the 14,000 mile route from Argentina to Alaska in May 2018, gaining two world records and raising an incredible amount of money for charity in the process.
After making it through the Special Forces gruelling 6 month selection process, Dean became one of the very first army members to join the SBS (Special Boat Service). Throughout his esteemed military career he has conducted deployments to overseas hostile environments and been involved in Counter Terrorism operations; he has travelled to some of the toughest places in the world.
Dean left the military in 2011, after 16 honourable years of service but continues to live by the Special Forces’ ethos of ‘the unrelenting pursuit of excellence’. The determination required throughout his career has become an integral part of Dean’s character.
World Record Holder
Dean gained two world records on his Pan American Highway Challenge. First, he achieved the fastest time to cycle the length of South America when he reached Cartagena on 21st March 2018. Dean had travelled over 6,000 miles in just 48 days and 54 minutes, ten days faster than the previous record. When he crossed the finish line in Prudhoe Bay on 12th May 2018, Dean accomplished the fastest cycle journey of the Pan American Highway. Dean completed the route in 99 days, 12 hours and 56 minutes, smashing the former world record by 17 days.
Dean passed through 14 countries on his expedition, crossing some of the most dangerous passages in the world. He faced extreme variation in terrain and weather conditions; from the Atacama Desert, to the snowy, mountainous terrain of Alaska, tackling raging storms, violent winds and even a tornado along the way.
Prior to his training, Dean had never cycled more than a few miles but to break the previous world records he was cycling an average of 10 hours each day throughout his challenge. In the final stretch, Dean continued for 17 hours and driven by his determination, covered 340 miles on his longest stint.
Dean was born in Swindon and now lives in Aberdeen with his wife Alana and their two young children, Mollie and Tommy.
Dean and Alana work together to support several charities and Alana played an essential role in the planning and execution of his Pan-American Highway Cycling Challenge.