World cycle hopefuls are no lazy men

2013-08-02 00:00

TWO South Africans will try to cycle around the world in five years.

Ulrich Walters (27) and De Bruyn Joubert (28) aim to cycle 85 000 km through 70 countries on all seven continents.

The adventure, named Around 7 Continents, starts in two weeks in Australia, where the pair expect to spend four months to complete the first 5 300 km leg of their adventure.

They will then fly to Europe, where they will cycle from Ireland to Turkey. After that the plan is to pedal through Asia, North and South America and even parts of Antarctica.

The last leg of their world cycle tour will be down Africa, starting in Morocco and ending in Cape Town.

The pair will mostly camp at night and are carrying 20 kg loads.

“We don’t really want to sleep in hotels. The aim is to have an adventure — to see places and do things out of the ordinary,” said Joubert.

They hope to start by traversing about 60 km a day and then cycle further distances each day. The two adventurers grew up in Bloemfontein and have cycled the Argus 10 times.

“There is no way in which one could ever be fit enough before you depart. It will be a lot tougher emotionally than physically,” Joubert said.

“Initially, we only wanted to cycle Africa, but we decided to go big or go home,” Walters said.

They will also raise funds for No Food For Lazy Man, the non-profit organisation of another adventurer, Riaan Manser, which donates sports equipment to children. In exchange for the equipment, the children have to do community work.

Corporate sponsors will give a certain amount to the non-profit organisation for each kilometre travelled by Walters and Joubert. They hope to raise at least R500 000.

Joubert said the message “no food for a lazy man” resonated with them, which was why they decided to benefit the organisation. Walters will document the adventure and post it on

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