British adventurer James Ketchell is attempting to travel 18,000 miles across the world on a bicycle in just six months. The Brit, 31 from Basingstoke, has already climbed to the summit of Mount Everest and rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic but he now wants to be the first man to complete an ‘endurance hat-trick’ by cycling across the world in 180 days.
Ketchell, an official Scout Association ambassador, set off on his epic journey on Sunday 30th June from the Royal Observatory at London’s Greenwich Park. 50 scouts joined him on the 70 mile first leg of his world tour to Dover and the adventurer is hoping to recruit as many people as possible throughout his journey.
In 2012 Ketchell was told he may never walk again following a motorcycle accident. However, the determined sportsman defied doctors and is now on his way to becoming the first man to have completed all three challenges. The adventurer hopes to raise £18,000 for the Elifar Foundation, which aims to help disabled adults and children.
“I can’t wait to get started on my cycle, I’ve been planning this trip for months and with the help of Fisherman’s Friend, it’s just amazing it’s finally coming to fruition,” said Ketchell. “I’m hoping that for every mile I cover, at least £1 pound will be raised for Elifar. It’s such a good cause and one that really does make a difference,” said James, “It’s also a pretty cool thought that I will become the first man to have rowed 3,000 miles, climbed Mount Everest and cycled around the world.”
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