Revolution Cycle is the name given to Simon Evans and Fearghal O'Nuallain's attempt to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. The unsupported expedition will cover over 30,000 km, passing through 30 countries and some of the highest, lowest, driest, coldest, warmest and loneliest places on earth. An expedition is a journey with a purpose, and the purpose of Revolution Cycle is to promote the positive contribution that cycling can make to mental health and the environment.
A basic definition of a world circumnavigation would be a route which covers at least a great circle, and in particular one which passes through at least one pair of points antipodal to each other. Revolution Cycle's antipodal points will be the cities of Shanghai in China and Buenos Aires in Argentina. In practice, different definitions of world circumnavigation are used, in order to accommodate practical constraints depending on the method of circumnavigation. Guinness World Records record keepers stipulate the following criteria for a circumnavigation by bicycle:
Route Criteria Edit
- 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.
The expedition's message will be communicated via the expedition website, updated using solar powered satellite communications technology.
Nearly 9 months into their journey Simon and Ferg are now cycling through China