Mexican politician cheats in Berlin Marathon.

This is hiliarious, and pretty pathetic.

Roberto Madrazo punches the air to celebrate not finishing the Berlin Marathon.

“Roberto Madrazo, who finished a distant third in Mexico’s 2006 presidential election, was lampooned around the world after photographs and video footage showed him running across the finish line pumping his arms and grinning in the Sept. 30 Berlin marathon.

After a race photographer noted Madrazo finished the marathon wearing a jacket and long running tights and barely sweating, officials opened an investigation and eventually disqualified his age-55 category 1st place win.

After an enquiry race officials stripped the presidential hopeful of his 1st place medal.” Full Story here

Expedition 360 finishes first human powered circumnavigation!

On Saturday Jason Lewis finished his epic circumnavigation of the globe by human power after 13 years on the road/sea. A mind bogglingly impressive achievement, don’t you think? Imagine, pushing yourself against tide and terrain for so long, never giving up, always staying committed to a monumental goal. Hats off.

His odyssey included several modes of transport; roller blading, walking and cycling on land, crossing water in a pedal powered boat and canoe.

To read the Times article see here

To visit the X360 site see here

To visit the X360 site see here

East Coast FM

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East Coast FM- Declan Meehan, originally uploaded by new_dles.

Interest in our expedition is growing fast. East Coast FM contacted us as soon as we arrived home; we were still dusting off the sand from our equipment, and asked if we would come on their Morning Show with Declan Meehan. As Si was in Cambridge, the job of passing on the revolution message to the East Coast fell to me. Having only ever spoken on radio once before, doing the business news on Rock Radio in transition year, I have to admit talking for 20mins was a bit of a daunting prospect. I deliberately didn’t tell many people, just in case I suddenly developed a stutter or froze as soon as the mic was put in front of me.

I needn’t have worried, as the enthusiastic and encouraging staff set me at my ease and the 20mins just flew past. Now, roll on Ray Darcy.

Ice cold in Alexandria- worth waiting for.

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Fort Qaitby-Alexandria, originally uploaded by new_dles.

Day 11

Tanta to Alexandria

Distance: 150km

Start Time: 9.00am
Finish Time: 7.00am

Narrative: Today we reached our destination- the original site of the ancient Pharos Light House, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We chose this as our destination to pay homage to a Greek mathematician Eratosthenes who lived here in 3BC and was the first person to calculate the size of the Earth.

The road was good, our mood lightened somewhat by the knowledge that our destination meant a bottle of warm champagne (mmmm), cold beer, a proper bed, and best of all, no alarm clock. Tomorrow there would be no 4.30am wake up call by the nearby mosque’s muezzin, and breakfast wouldn’t be dried bread and beans on the side of the road.

We have achieved, albeit with not exactly as had originally planned, what we had set out to do. We set out to cycle from Aswan to Alexandria, to try and replicate the conditions and stresses that we will experience on our attempt to circumnavigate the globe by bike and boat next year. We learned a lot- about our bikes, each other and ourselves. We learned that we don’t like deserts. We learned that Simon likes stewed fava beans and Fearghal likes Nimbus tyres. We learned that the recommendations from the staff at the Great Outdoors are to be taken seriously, as we would have been lost without the Julbo sunglasses and Petzl headlamps which came highly recommended(more about the equipment that we used on the Dry Run will be found on the Dry Run page- coming soon). We learned that Patagonia make some seriously good apparel- stylish, and technically efficient too.

Most of all we learned that we could work as a team and have the potential to pull through some hairy, patience trying, grim and stressful situations. We learned that if we focus, do a lot more planning and get a lot more organized then maybe, just maybe, there is a very real possibility that we can realize our childhood dreams and circumnavigate the world by bicycle and boat.

Cairo to Tanta



Doggies on the road to Tanta, originally uploaded by new_dles.


Day 10

Cairo to Tanta

Distance 80km

Start time 10.00am
Finish Time 3.00pm

Narrative: Today began with the traffic nightmare that is Cairo. We chartered a taxi again to lead us to the correct road. After about 5km and evidently nowhere near the main road to Tanta he pulled over and pointed straight ahead saying Tanta and put his hand out for his already extortionate, by local standards, fee. He was shaking us down, we knew it, and he knew we knew it. He wanted an extra 20 pounds (2.80 euro) to drive any further. It was so tempting to just cycle off and give him nothing, except perhaps the middle phalanges that he deserved, but that would have inevitably have meant a hectic morning cycling around the warren of city streets and asking several of Cairo’s 20 million population for directions in broken Arabic. So we caved to the driver’s demands and let ourselves be hustled.

Once on the correct road we had heavy traffic to contend with. We had an ominous start as we passed a traffic accident and I spied a corpse covered with an old sheet and some newspapers. Flies buzzed about and a waxy toe poked from beneath the grubby sheet with slight crimson dappling. It was an odd and macabre scene as two police men lolled on either side, one leaning on one leg against the ambulance and the other sitting on the bonnet of his car, smoking cigarettes and chatting.

Both of us had been a little nervous about taking the road in question, and the sight of a car wreck brought the real dangers of being on the road in Egypt to life. There was nothing for it than to turn on the ipods a full volume, ignore the heavy trucks with bouncing trailers and chest high wheels as they passed within touching distance, and try and reach our destination, Tanta, as fast as possible.

We did so in good time, we even stopped for an illicit lunch in a truck stop along the way. The owner opened the cafe especially for us, as during the month of Ramadan most of the Egyptian population fast from sun up until sunset. He did insist, however, that we eat inside, as he didn’t want to attract any negative attention from passers by.

The month of Ramadan has made our trip more arduous as we have found it difficult to find decent food during daylight hours. Today’s hot meal of soup, shish kebabs, salads and freshly baked bread all washed down with a couple of cool Pepsis thanks to globalisation, was a reminder of how much easier it is to cycle when there is a readily available supply of good food. We started back on the road after lunch with high spirits and fully re-fueled.

We arrived in Tanta nice and early. It’s the largest city in the Nile delta. An industrial hub it’s definitely not on the tourist trail. We found the people to be the friendliest we had encountered so far. A sweet shop owner refused to let us pay for our chocolates, and we were chatted to by several groups of inquisitive locals with surprisingly good English and thankfully no relations who owned papyrus factories/carpet shops/restaurants/ etc that they would like us to see. It was refreshing to feel that we were chatting to people with a general interest in us rather than a specific interest in the contents of our wallets, for a change.


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Ferg and Si at Giza, originally uploaded by new_dles.

We had a rest day today so we finally got to do some sightseeing. We took a taxi to Giza to check out the Spinx and a few really old piles of rocks. Click on the photo to see more photos at our