To whet your appetite for our talk in Great Outdoors tomorrow night, here’s an interview we did with Ray Darcy last week.
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Below are the guidelines for a circumnavigation of the globe by bike set by Guinness. We’ve been sticking to them since Nov 08 and have ticked all off the list but one- the journey must start and finish at the same point. We’ll do this Tomorrow, why don’t you join us?
– Start and finish points must be the same location.
– The route must pass through two approximate antipodal points.
– The minimum distance ridden should be 28,970 km and the total distance traveled by the bicycle and rider should exceed an Equator’s length, i.e. more than 40,075 km.
– Cross the equator a minimum of two times.
– Cross all longitudes.
– The journey should be continuous and in one direction.
– Any considerable distance traveled opposite to the direction of the attempt must be discounted from any calculations of the overall distance traveled.
– A detailed photographic record of landmarks, boundary signs, etc., en route should be kept.
Dunleer – Ireland
We’ve just received a couple of exciting deliveries which we’ll be raffling off during this Saturdays Homecoming Party.
Firstly, we have to say a big thank you to Damian from Freewheel who dropped down a tasty KTM Bazdard BMX, worth 350 euro!! Being a KTM, you’ll already know it’s top quality, our bikes have now done 30,000km and are still going strong. The bike comes with 20″ wheels with street tyres, a full set of pegs for doing grinds (or giving backers) and a giro for doing handlebar spins or tailwhips, if you feel inclined to do some crazy tricks that is.
We also have a 4 man Galaxy 400 tent, kindly donated by the excellent Great Outdoors outdoor store in Dublin. The tent has a porch and two separate rooms with enough headroom to stand in, perfect for a weekends camping with a few mates, check out the 3D walkthrough of the tent here.
To be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes, you’ll have to be at our Homecoming Party, so come along and join in, all proceeds will go directly to AWARE.
Stranraer – Scotland
Best Day’s Cycling – Crossing the Ala Bel Pass in Kyrgyzstan, snow capped mountains, glistening rivers and lakes and golden eagles soaring overhead, spectacular.
Worst Day’s Cycling – Turkmenistan, the push to the Iranian border. On the last day of my 5 day transit visa, I had 120 km to do before the border closed at 4pm, but with the powerful headwind, I could only manage about 15km/hr which was barely enough time to make it. I gave myself a 50/50 chance and pushed as hard as I could…and just made it!
Best Moment – skinny dipping in a freezing mountain river in Kyrgyzstan, at the end of my best day’s cycling, pure freedom.
Worst Moment – Lying in the middle of a 4 lane road in Uzbekistan after doing a superman over the bonnet of a car.
Best Roads – Austria
Worst Roads – Bolivia
Best Drivers – Austrians
Worst Drivers – Uzbeks (see above)
Best Food – Italy
Worst Food – Bolivia
Best (hottest) Girls – Kyrgyzstan
Worst Girls – China
Most Friendly People – Iranians
Least Friendly People – Armenians
Toughest Climb – up to the Meghri pass in Southern Armenia, very steep.
Longest Climb – Peru, the road from Abancay to Nazca, 2 days of non stop ascending.
Funniest Animal – A Peruvian dog wearing an orange long sleeve jumper, the sleeves were dragging behind the poor thing, but it was hilarious!
Best Cycling food – Iranian Dizzy
Most Beautiful Country – Kyrgyzstan
Most Spectacular Scenery – Bolivia, wierd landscapes, salt lakes, sandy deserts, volcanoes etc…
Do you have any more, bests/ worsts for us, add your questions in the comments box below, cheers.
If you haven’t guessed yet, we want you to join us this Saturday for a cycle and a party. Its going to be a big day, and we’d like you to be there.
We reckon that cycling is the most fun you can have with your clothes on, and by cycling a long way we’re doing our bit to help Aware raise awareness of mental health issues. Regular exercise is good for the mind as well as the body and cycling is a great way to take regular exercise. The Home Coming Cyle is in Aid of Aware. We raised €15,000 with our Send Off Cycle 18months ago, and we’re hoping to exceed that this time around.
So, what’s going to be happening?
3.00pm 200+ cyclists will leave Blackrock College in a Massive Charity Cycle to Greystones.
5.00pm We all arrive at Greystones, finishing the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bike.
5.01pm We open a massive bottle of Champagne from Bubble Brothers, and the party starts.
For the rest of the evening there’s all sorts entertainment. Tarja(Olympic MTBer) from AllMoutainExperience will be giving a skills seminar on a skills course set up in the Rugby Club Grounds. The guys from Great Outdoors will be showcasing some of their gear and giving away a four person tent! There’ll be live music by Blind Yacketty, and Louis will be spinning an eccletic mix till the wee hours. There’ll also be a big barbecue and a full bar.
So grab a bike and join the party.
Get the details here