Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

Pedalling The Planet - 10 Days In

By Alpkit
27, Jul, 2018

Vedangi is 10 days into the 100 day world record attempt to circumnavigate the world by bicycle

A girl riding a bike on a long straight road

18,000 miles around the world, 100 days, 19 year old Bournemouth University student Vedangi Kulkarni is 10 days into pedalling the planet and we've been following her progress.

Back in 2014, a new record was set by Paola Gianotti, cycling over 18,000 miles around the world, making her the fastest woman to cimcumnavigate the globe by bike. Vedangi only started cycling a few years ago, simply through commuting, but got hooked after a bikepacking adventure through the Himalayas and set her sights to greater challenges. A few rides later, including a LEJOG challenge, Vedangi decided there would be nothing to stop her from setting a new round the world cycling record. If you're not up to date, have a look back at when Vedangi popped in to see us here at AKHQ.

A girl on a bike

 

I think it would be fair to say that there could have been a smoother start to Vedangi's challenge. The proposed start date was 15th June, but a few visa issues and other setbacks meant this had to be pushed back. Nonetheless she was in high spirits when she set off from Perth, Australia on 17th July at 12am, relieved that the adventure was finally beginning. Nothing but Vedangi, the bike and the open road...


A girl sitting at a picnic bench next to a bike
A girl riding a bike with trees in the background
 

wheelsandwords: "Visa issues, misunderstandings with the core team, mini mental breakdowns, potential losses of sponsorship, overly priced extra luggage and so much more- everything kept going wrong until the minute we were to get on the flight. But today @woodark and I finally landed in Australia after over 20 hours of travel time. That excitement of leaving a country and starting a new adventure, a new chapter in the story is UNREAL, to say the least. I want to store this feeling in a box and remind myself of it the next time I feel low. We’re gonna be doing exactly what we love and we’re extremely grateful for that."


 

 

Vedangi's route will take her through 15 different countries. Currently gaining ground towards Adelaide, South Australia, she'll continue Eastward along the coast and following the Great Ocean Road, before heading North and up to Brisbane. A hop, skip and a jump across the water to New Zealand to cycle up the North Island to Auckland. Another flight will take Vedangi over to Alaska, down through Canada and across to the East Coast before heading a little closer to home, Europe. Setting off from Portugal, she'll head up through Spain and France to Belgium and continue North through Germany to Scandanavia. Through Denmark, Sweden and Finland before a long slog through Russia, Mongolia, China and finally returning to the starting point in Perth.. What a journey!

Cliffs by the sea while the sun is setting
a sign that points to various cities in different countries
 

You can imagine that a trip like this will undoubtedly have its ups and downs, but it was rather unexpected when we heard Vedangi had come down with a case of food poisoning in the first 10 days of the trip. Not one to let such a thing stop her, it's clear that Vedangi's sense of humour is prevailing after a recent instagram update:


a sign for a town

wheelsandwords: "The very definition of embarrassment is having to run to a service station toilet with soiled pants to have a shower and clean up. But you know what's making this a tad easy? Laughing at myself and the situation. It's truly being Poo-chera and I still have 75km to go #PainfullyUnfunny P.S- It's only embarrassing if you make it. The point of this post is that bad things happen, you just accept it and keep going : )"


 

So after delays, 40kmph cross winds across the Nullarbor (a vast and arid area of Australia which includes the countries longest straight road at 90 miles), close calls with camels and kangaroos, technical issues, nearly being taken out by road trains (think of a lorry but with 5 or 6 trailers instead of just the 1!) and a pretty bad case of food poisoning, Vedangi is powering through, stepping up and riding on after what can only be described as an eventful start to her adventure. So here's to the road ahead being a little calmer! Good luck Vedangi!

a girl in front of a road sign


 

You can track Vedangi's progress with us by heading over to vedangikulkarni.com and viewing the spot tracker map, or follow Vedangi on instagram for updates on how she's getting on. Vedangi's not alone in the challenge either, Jenny Graham of The Adventure Syndicate is hot on her tail after touching down in Perth just a few days ago. Jenny started in Berlin on 16th June and you can also track Jenny's progress here.

  • Google+

In pictures

A girl riding a bike on a long straight road
A girl on a bike
A girl sitting at a picnic bench next to a bike
A girl riding a bike with trees in the background
Cliffs by the sea while the sun is setting
a sign that points to various cities in different countries
a sign for a town
a girl in front of a road sign

2 Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.


Mark Middleton
Awesome

This is awesome. Just found the article by chance though, this needs big PR! truly inspiring and look forward to reading each update. Keep up the fantastic work!

Bambi88
EPIC!!

I have JUST committed to riding my first 52miles for the BHF and was feeling out of my depth. Having read your first post I'm humbled beyond belief. Fantastic to see your sense of humour remained with you through those moments!

Related Deeds

Project Grandmas
Cycling to grandmas
In Daring Deeds
The Iceland National Trail: Part 2
Ben Turner recounts a day on the Iceland National Trail
In Daring Deeds
Teuchters on Tour
Lessons learned cycle-touring Norway
In Daring Deeds
Against The Ebbing Tide
A perfect summer for "recovery" climbing
In Daring Deeds
Double vision
winning double gold in paralympics and worlds
In Daring Deeds

News

Ireland To Asia: A Year On My Bike
Tales from Sean Hoban's journey to Asia
In News
Big Shakedown 2018
Round up of the Big Shakeout 2018
In News
Erb’s Palsy Group Go Climbing
Climbing and caving experience day for children with Erb's Palsy
In News
(Less than) 3 weeks ‘til the Big Shakeout!
Not long until our yearly celebration of the outdoors and adventure
In News
Wanted: Factory Assistant
Join our UK factory team
In News

Develop

Bags more packs in our range
New packs for you to put your kit in
In Develop
Gripping Developments In Gloves
A whole new glove range: the inside story
In Develop
New UK Made Bikepacking Bag Range
UK-made bike luggage shifts up a cog
In Develop
What’s So Great About Merino Wool?
What's all this fuss about Merino wool?
In Develop
Sonder Evol: Q&A with Bike Guru Neil
Sonder's new 140mm trail bike
In Develop

Spotlight

The Who’s Who of Alpkit Backpacks
Navigating our new range of packs
In Spotlight
Handy Glove Guide
Need a hand finding your way around our new glove range?
In Spotlight
6 Ways to Pitch a Tarp
Tarp techniques for camping from the AK Tarpologists
In Spotlight
Build A Go Box
Be ready for adventure at a moment's notice!
In Spotlight
The Perfect Getaway Guide
Plan for your getaway
In Spotlight

Kudos