Around and around the world … on only person power

2014-10-20 00:00

MORE than 100 000 kilometres. That’s the daunting journey ahead of Pietermaritzburg-born Angelo Wilkie-Page as he attempts to shatter records by circumnavigating the world using only his own strength.

Wilkie-Page, a 29-year-old former Carter High pupil, will attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe from East to West and Pole to Pole, crossing all lines of longitude and latitude, using only human power.

The eight-year expedition will be broken down into eight legs, the first of them starting in December this year. Wilkie-Page will be using a bicycle and an ocean kayak to traverse more than 48 countries with a total distance of around 115 000 kilometres.

He will row and paddle across four oceans and nine seas as well as cross five of the world’s largest deserts.

“Redbull rated this as the number one toughest circumnavigation of all time,” Wilkie-Page said cheerfully. “Over the past week it’s become reality after years of planning. I’ve got a mix of nerves and excitement but I’m physically and mentally ready.”

He expects to encounter many difficulties along the way, but has trained for many years to surmount this massive challenge.

“There’s always that chance of a freak storm and towering rogue waves when you’re out there alone in the ocean. I also hope that I don’t run into any brown bears or wild animals on the way,” Wilkie-Page laughed.

Sponsored mainly by “iCare4 Rewards”, the 720 Degree Expedition attempts not only to break four world records, but also to give back to the community.

The expedition has joined forces with Heifer International to try and raise over $1 million (R11 million) to feed more than 10 000 people from impoverished communities in South Africa and teach them how to sustain themselves indefinitely.

“More people from Brazil are following my expedition thus far. I urge the people of KZN to get behind me,” Wilkie-Page pleaded.

He said that endurance sports are his passion and that anybody could do this expedition if they set their minds to it.

“I was an ordinary guy … with a dream. If I can say anything, it’s that people should get up and take risks to follow their passions, especially if they feel like what they’re doing now isn’t what they want to do with their lives,” Wilkie-Page said.

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