For most adventurers ‘simply’ cycling around the world would present enough of a challenge, but Adam Sultan, named as one of the most inspiring adventurers of 2015, is doing things slightly differently…
On the 28th of June he set off from the London Olympic Velodrome, turning his pedals for the first time on a journey that will cover at least 46,000 unsupported miles and take up to five years. This isn’t going to be your ‘average’ round the world cycle however and Adam has set himself a number of other, in many ways tougher, challenges to complete along the way, which he hopes will continue his mission of inspiring and helping others.
During his trip Adam wants to experience the world, rather than just rush through it and so plans to add in a little bit of extra ‘spice’. Added physical challenges will include cycling the 2014 Tour de France route, a tough feat for even the most seasoned of riders, avoiding the ‘quick’ round the world route and instead heading through the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and Rockies, and continuing his #LifeYears challenge (last year for 2015 he ran 15 marathons around the globe), this year involving doing at least 16 days where he pushes 100 miles or more on the bike.
Aside from the riding he’s also looking to participate in Citizen Science, hoping to feed information back to researchers that will help in the fields of astronomy, light pollution and conservation. He’s committed to going ‘Around the World in Eighty Ways’ working in eighty different jobs, mainly voluntary, as he travels, to really immerse himself in different cultures and help where he can. Furthermore he hopes to use his social media channels to tell the stories of those who don’t normally have a voice and raise money and awareness for charities working in the different countries he travels through, such as SEED Madagascar a small London based charity who do humanitarian and conservation work in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries on the planet.
In this era of sensationalised adventures and adventurers, some may feel that a London Underground worker cycling round the world without trying to set a record or a ‘first’ isn’t exciting news, but Adam’s trip harks back to an older era where adventure wasn’t just about pushing your body to the limits, but was about exploration, meeting new people and discovering the world around you by immersing yourself in it. Adam hopes this will be the legacy of his trip and that people will feel this is just as worthy as a record breaking ride.
“As much as I admire and respect many of today’s modern adventures I hope my trip shows people that sometimes we need to slow down a bit and not just rush into a place, take some photos and shoot off again having ticked a list. I hope it inspires people to get to really know new environments and the people in them and if needed lend a helping hand.”
“Water-to-Go have come to my rescue! After picking up a bad stomach bug from bad water which kept me out of action, I now don’t need to worry anymore. Extremely pleased to know I can drink clean, filtered water whenever I see a freshwater source – bring on the adventure!”
To follow Adam or donate to the charities he is raising money and awareness for visit www.adamtsultan.com