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India's Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the globe

Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. The 20-year-old completed the 29,000 kilometers' distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe on December 23, 2018.

Dec 24, 2018 14:23 IST
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India's Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. The 20-year-old Indian completed the 29,000 kilometers' distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe on December 23, 2018.

Overall, Kulkarni spent 159 days peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries. Starting off from Perth in July, she will now be flying back to the Australian city to complete the record by cycling a 15 km distance to reach the same place from where she started.

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  India's Vedangi Kulkarni becomes the fastest Asian to cycle the globe

Kulkarni is a student of the University of Bournemouth in the United Kingdom pursuing a degree in sports management.

She said that the 159 days spent peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries has shown her the "best and worst" of both herself and also the world.

The preparations for the ride began about two years ago with long cycle rises, getting the equipment including a specially crafted cycle and planning the route and time window.

Kulkarni did not have anyone accompanying her for over 80 percent of the route and lugged the cycle with the heavy luggage that includes cycle tools, camping equipment and clothing in desolate stretches all alone.

She had to face obstruction from several elements on the way, from both human and natural. This included being chased by a Grizzly bear in Canada or camping alone for multiple nights in the snow in Russia or being robbed at a knife-point in Spain.

She also faced troubles on securing the necessary visas, which cost her time. The visa process led to a delayed departure and consequently facing weather hostilities in Europe where winter had started setting in. The ride was funded majorly by her parents.

Globally, thirty-eight-year-old British adventurer Jenny Graham is the fastest woman to have cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018, which is three weeks faster than the previous record.

Kulkarni’s Route Map

Starting off from Perth, Kulkarni cycled across Australia, through the outback, to reach Brisbane from where she flew over to Wellington, New Zealand, for doing the entire country north to south.

A short flight took her across the international dateline to Western Canada's Vancouver, from where she continued her eastward journey till Halifax, a port city.

  India's Vedangi Kulkarni becomes the fastest Asian to cycle the globe

Europe beckoned next and she chose chilly Iceland to start it all up and later cycled through Portugal, Spain France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland to enter Russia.

From Russia, she flew to India to do the last 4,000 km.

She encountered temperatures ranging from -20 degree Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius during the ride.

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