Cyclist Competes in 18,000 Mile Bike Race to Raise Money for Charity

Top Quote Sean Conway is competing in one of the worlds most difficult races, cycling around the Earth, 18,000 miles in 4 months to raise $150,000 for charity. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 19, 2012 - London cyclist Sean Conway set off on February 18th, 2012 in what might be one of the world's most demanding races, an 18,000 trek around the globe. Along with only nine other racers, Sean is hoping to beat the record set by solo unsupported rider Vin Cox of 163 days (cyclist Alan Bates recorded an amazing 96 days during a fully supported trek in 2010).

    Sean is traveling on a West to East route, having just arrived in the US and will be spending one of the longest legs of his journey riding through America. So why is Sean doing this? Born and raised in the African nation of Zimbabwe and now a resident of the UK, Sean is devoting his energy in this race to raise $150,000 for the charity Solar Aid whose mission can be summed up simply:

    "We are confronting humanity's greatest challenges - climate change and poverty - by harnessing humanity's greatest resource, the extraordinary power of the sun."

    Having grown up in Africa, Sean had a life that was instilled with a sense of adventure, curiosity and exploration, all things that lead him to jump at the chance once he heard about the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour. He explains:

    Challenging myself physically and mentally is something I've always done. I like to take the ordinary and try to find ways to make it harder. At the beginning of the year I climbed Kilimanjaro and did it in a penguin suit to add extra effort. Cycling the world, swimming the channel and Everest have been on my list for ages, so I thought I would get the ball rolling with the toughest one first.

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