Saturday, March 27, 2010

WT: Panamerican or Circumnavigation, Guinness World Records Challengers

Jan 2, 2010 - Pedaling up the northeast coast of Korea
Start the new year off -right! Power to your pedals!

Correspondence for Glen's supporting group on a Bicycle Circumnavigation Record Attempt:
Glen Burmeister March 26 at 2:06pm
Hi everyone. My attempt on the Guinness record for circumnavigating the world by bicycle will not be going ahead on 3rd April. Another British rider Alan Bate is attempting the record next week and hopes to do it in 3 weeks less than my planned time. He has been sponsored £150,000 and has a support team with him who will carry all his kit, provide him with food and water and arrange all his accomodation. He aims to cycle over 180 miles a day. This is beyond my capabilities as a solo and unsupported rider. Unfortunately Guinness do not make any distinction between supported and unsupported rides. I've learnt that life doesn't always go to plan. Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and keep moving. I am re-applying with Guinness today for another record which will go ahead in 10-12 weeks time. This one is for cycling the entire length of the Americas from Prudhoe bay in the north of Alaska to Ushuaia in the south of Argentina. Thanks for your support. Stay on the group and I'll keep everyone posted about my new challenge.

Brian 브라이안 Perich March 27 at 10:03pm
Glen, they need to change that [unconditional support for world-record attempts on bicycles] at Guinness. James Bowthorpe's GLOBE CYCLE was completed successfully [current world circumnavigation record holder & great guy I might add!) rode 120 miles/200Km a day to set the current record and had his kit onboard his custom, revolutionary belt-drive - Santos travelmaster with dyno to produce the juice for the headlights and recharge electrical equip. The Panamerican is a popular and challenging route, if your going to set a record racing down there, more power to you, do it, I am heading there in 2012-2013, but I will only do what I can do. The record holders do get endorsements, which makes the current challenger well-equipped with his entourage, kind of kills the aspect of man vs. wild, or adventure...but in these cases, it's about time and fastest time is $$$ money in media attention drawn towards those generous sponsors. Perhaps Mark Beaumont will be all forgotten as the Circum-record continues to get smashed. Lest not the possibilities to drive the world-record attempts further than human limits. The unregulated aspect of the WT competition isn't monitoring athletes that could enhance their performance using a number of possibilities...blood doping, Ritalin or other stimulants, etc...many methods can be used to take the record from the next. Clearly, the Circum-record attempt should be done on two and require self-supported riders only. Another North American challenge to consider (MTBs) is the growing endurance ride called The Tour Divide that might be a nice challenge for you... I'm Canadian and will be heading home in 2012 and starting where you will be shortly, I'm definitely looking forward to it, no records to break...just a long hammer to Argentina. ^_^

Glen Burmeister March 27 at 10:31pm
Have you heard of Scott Napier? He has the Guinness record for cycling the Pan-American highway. He is on facebook. He has over 200 photos of his trip which you'll find very interesting. I will hopefully have a website about my attempt in a months time. I'll update my facebook group (RaceAcrossTheAmericas) daily and write a blog. Thanks for the information and good luck with your trip. You can watch Mark Beaumont cycling the Americas on BBC IPlayer if you've not already seen it. Regards, Glen.

Brian 브라이안 Perich March 27 at 11:03pm
Hey Glenn, thanks for this info. I couldn't follow Mark at all on the iBBC, the player was blocked in South Korea...I have never heard of Scott Napier either, I'm really too old to race...and my intentions are to support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundations of NA while pedaling across Canada, but I will be starting up at Prudhoe, AK or the NWT. It's kind of a gamble for time, and I have no sponsorship, need to organize on that and although I have secured the bike (09' Koga-Miyata World Traveller), I have to plan something to help my wife (then by this May)and two kids while I am away. It's a complex deal, I support other riders and spent about $1000 last year sponsoring their charities. It was an exciting year (last) meeting cool people, since I am really just a hermit rider based in South Korea, it's great to meet people who can get out and ride the world (like a dream of escape!!). James Bowthorpe was so kind to add me to friends, we all have many in common here on FB, we love bikes and know what it can do to change our lives, and in the case of the Guinness, perhaps offer chances we wouldn't have had without making the efforts. The PanAmerican Race sounds awesome, I will race to get back to my wife in Korea, which is why I am interested in what you guys do! I just can't endure like some, although, in the 90's I did endurance riding across America on the cheap, and accumulated 24000+? in about 60 days, with the aid of a motor and smooth roads. I'm involved in a Masters of Education right now, attempting to stay afloat in this, but definitely want to launch and enjoy the WT experience, as so many do, it's a great way to see/enjoy the real life beyond all these walls and make some great friends in the process. I will definitely follow your progress, sounds like a solid plan...so keep working it for the launch. Kind Regards, Brian Perich

Glen Burmeister March 27 at 11:11pm
Apart from the expensive flights, I think anyone could cycle the Pan-American highway without spending too much money. Watching Mark Beaumont, it appears there is always somewhere you can pitch your tent for free. I'm not sure yet how much my flights will cost but I wouldn't expect to spend much more than US$30 each day on average.

Brian 브라이안 Perich March 27 at 11:24pm
Yes, your completely right. I am wondering right now as i spend $3.00 on lunch sandwiches, or the small incidentals of urban living (the endless stream of money out of me, go back and earn more in ESL teaching...a continuous cycle). On the road, there's food for thought. I motorcycled successfully 5 times across America (no records, just cold bones sleeping outside!!) and could budget $200 on fuel/food for 4,000km. I completed a 4,000km jaunt in 64 hours (staying awake for 36)...so it can be done with coffee and cold air ramming into the helmet. I've slept on sidewalks, under rest station park/picnic shades, in National Parks (Yellowstone) without permit (learning the grizzlies or penalty from Park Rangers were much worse!!!), I've also been down the roads in the Baja of Mexico, camping in the desert, cooking mussels we caught along the endless coastline, loads to do, and doing it faster saves you $$$$! Glen, this is a great TRAIN of tought, I could go on and on...like a LOCOMOTIVE, and I think that is what you are going to do on the bike...you have to ride like a hammer and the nail is at the bottom when you hit Urshaia. ^_^!

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.


In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.


Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.


The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).


Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

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Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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