They made it: Tandem Men's global expedition ends
27 March 2017
George Agate and John Whybrow, aka The Tandem Men, have successfully completed their adventure of a lifetime to circumnavigate the globe on a tandem bicycle after 290 gruelling days.
On Saturday (25 March), they completed the epic journey, becoming the first people to achieve such a feat. It was the end to an 18,000 mile journey which saw them cycle across Europe, before going through the Orient and onto the Australian outback before tackling the Pan-American Highway.
George and John, who will now enter the Guinness Book of Records, were greeted by a cheering crowd of friends, family and supporters. Despite the saddle sores the dynamic duo had one ultimate goal throughout their challenge, to raise as much money as possible for charities Porchlight, WaterAid and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
On completing their mission, George said: “It’s overwhelming feeling. The support we’ve received from everyone both here and in other countries has been crazy. It hasn’t really sunk in that we’ve been around the world. I’m relieved to finish but will miss the excitement of not knowing what’s coming around the bend.”
His higlight was cycling across Australia where people offered gifts from the side of the road, with one motorist even driving up alongside the guys to hand over a bottle of wine. The toughest moment, he says, was leaving Honduras, where a faulty cash machine left The Tandem Men with a day’s ride on empty stomachs. “We had 40 miles to cover and I can’t believe my legs still worked at the end of it,” he recalls.
John described the experience as an amazing way to see the world and meet people, adding that it was surreal to be home. He explained that their tandem bike, Daisy, was now a bit of a relic.
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