I just came across this video of our homecoming on 15th May, it brings it all back!!
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