World Record

On 29th May 2019, I will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of Europe, south to north, by bicycle. I will be doing this in order to raise money for African Parks, a conservation NGO dedicated to protecting some of Africa’s most-at-threat ecosystems.

UPDATE: The record has been broken! The new record is 19 days, 11 hours and five minutes. However, although the ride is over, there is still plenty of time to donate.


THE RECORD

Distance: ~6,300 kilometres or ~3,940 miles

Start point: Tarifa, Spain

Finish point: Nordkapp, Norway

Number of countries: ~11

Current record: 21 days 14 hours 23 minutes, set by the late Lee Fancourt in July 2015

Daily distance required to beat the record: ~290 kilometres or ~180 miles

Important rule: I cannot use ferries, which means the route has to go through Russia

UPDATE: See the exact route I took here


Not just about the record

This is a two-part challenge. Not only do I want to break the world record, but I want to raise £5 for African Parks for every mile I cycle. With the route around 4,000 miles long, this means I am attempting to raise £20,000 in donations. This is a phenomenally large amount and I need your help to get there. Please click the donate button and help me reach this goal.

Who are African Parks?

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. With the largest counter-poaching force and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares in Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia. For more information visit www.africanparks.org, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Why have you chosen African Parks?

I’m lucky enough to work for Steppes Travel, where I get to see both ecosystems in peril and fantastic conservation success stories. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with African Parks and seeing first-hand the areas that they are protecting, some of which have been pulled back from the brink. As with many NGOs, the passion and dedication of the people who work for them are inspiring, but there are three main reasons why I want to support African Parks:

  1. Ambition. In choosing to try and conserve protected areas in countries that are unstable and wartorn, African Parks show remarkable ambition. This willingness to take on a challenge is something I can relate to.
  2. Longevity. Too few organisations are in it for the long run. With management mandates of up to 50 years, African Parks are committed to seeing things through. Again, I can appreciate this commitment to enduring.
  3. Holism. Viewing a protected area holistically, inclusive of communities, is a recipe for success. And this is the approach African Parks take to conservation. Endangered species will not survive if they are always in conflict with the humans around them.

To learn more about African Parks’ work, check out my blog on my time in Nkhotakota Reserve in Malawi or to read about why the parks are worth saving, read my magazine article on Liwonde National Park, also in Malawi.


Sponsors

Thanks to my sponsors for their support.


FAQ

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