Saturday, 18 October 2014

The world’s oldest and "toughest" international UCI mountain bike race

The Crocodile Trophy is the world’s oldest and said to be the toughest UCI international mountain bike race. There are riders from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK taking part.

It takes place in Australia starting October 18th. the ‘Crocodile Trophy’ will see over 100 professional and amateur riders. The participants cycle 900km (nearly 560 miles) - basically nine marathons in a row. They will ride nine stages through lush rainforests, dry intense heat of the Outback and mountain trails climbing to 3,000m, finishing on the tropical coast of Queensland.

2014 sees the Crocodile Trophy celebrate its 20th anniversary and for the first time it is registered as an official Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) race. As a result participants can collect valuable UCI points, for the first time, which are used for cyclist ranking internationally. In addition the Crocodile Trophy offers prize money to the value of AUD 40,000.

What: Crocodile Trophy international mountain bike race
When: 18th – 26th October 2014. 
Starts: Smithfield Regional Park near Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Finishes: Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chasing the Midnight Sun to the arctic in a microlight

Nord Kapp in Norway lies 321 miles above the Arctic Circle, which means that during the summer months it is one of the places you can see the sun above the horizon at midnight.

The aim of 'Chasing the Midnight Sun' adventure is to make the 2,500+ mile flight to Nord Kapp to see the Midnight Sun and have the aircraft positioned on the ground at the beacon there, facing north at Midnight towards the sun. Yes, at midnight the sun is due north!

There is no airfield at the beacon but because the team will be flying a microlight they are hoping to get permission for them to land on the approach road by the beacon.

The beacon at Midnight with the aircraft and crew in the foreground should make a dramatic image that has never been seen before. They believe that no microlight has even landed there and been pictured with the midnight sun.

Of course, this flight will be more than just a trip up to the Arctic circle to see the sun…in fact the return journey will be via a different route than the journey north. They will add another 2,500 miles to the journey giving a flight of 5,000 miles in all, which is quite an undertaking in an aircraft with a 300 mile range! The team will visit 12 different countries…France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland during the adventure.

Although this is a work in progress and all destinations will be carefully chosen, it has already been decided that the they will fly to the Oresund Bridge which links Denmark and Sweden. They may even attempt to allow the aircraft to fly under it are underway. They hope to arrive and do this on the same day as the bridge has the 15th anniversary of its opening.

Another highlight will be the arrival of the team at Santa Claus’s own airport in Finland! Yes, there is a Santa Claus Airport!

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Project flies low income patients to distant medical facilities

Since 1991, Wings of Mercy has been helping people improve their chances of getting well by facilitating free flights to some of the best medical destinations east of the Rocky Mountains in the US. It is dedicated to connecting pilots with low income patients in need of transportation to distant medical facilities.

Wings around the World is a attempt to fly a light aircraft around the world with the objective of increasing public awareness about and funds for Wings of Mercy. The intention also is to raise awareness of similar private aviation initiatives around the world.

The team will start their flight in June 2015, in the US making frequent stops to support the objective. Initial planned route starts and ends at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Route covers all US states east of Wisconsin then Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Middle East, SE Asia, Australia, Philippines, China, Japan and Alaska. finishing with all US states west of Wisconsin (except Hawaii), terminating at the EAA Air Show in 2015

Who is needed:
  • Pilots - 5-6, each to fly about 5,000 miles with Tim Fino
  • Logistics crew - ground based)
  • Safety review crew - ground based
  • Advance planning/route planning - help us determine the actual route and stops!
Wings of Mercy is a non-profit, volunteer organization of pilots who donate the use of their time and airplane.

Media enquiries to

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Getting photos about your story into the media

If you want to get photos publish in the media, about your story, they are usually looking for a specific type of photo. The three most important things for the media are:
  • You must try to tell / document the whole story in one photo - a big ask.
  • The photos must be original
  • The photos should be unpublished

Here are some other guidelines in relation to photo contents.
  • Photos need context - clearly show the place and subject matter through signage, a building, a prop, monument or land / cityscape
  • Make the subject stand out with a dramatic background different from the main subject matter - sky, landscape etc
  • People should look natural – not posing lined up like a football team photo
  • Shoot from different angles to make it interesting -  the side, above or below
  • Shoot people close up and from the middle distance.
  • Show peoples faces
  • Illustrate the cultural diversity / difference of the photo location adding interest and context

For more thoughts and guidelines on getting your photos into the media, email

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Russian security service dash hopes of world record global flight completion

An attempt to fly the first autogyro / gyrocopter around the world has been forced to quit its full circumnavigation. This is after travelling thousands of miles flying consecutively through 18 of the 24 countries needed to achieve this Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record Circumnavigation. This is because the Russian Federal Security Bureau (FSB) have refused to respond to requests from that countries Civil Aviation Authority (CAA / FATA). The Russian CAA cannot issue the required flight permission to fly through their airspace without FSB input. This is particularly frustrating for pilot and adventurer Norman Surplus as there seems to be no issues related to the aircraft, weather, routing or himself

Norman, currently holder of nine FAI world records, started his record setting bid, named Gyrox Goes Global, from Northern Ireland in March 2010. Upon reaching the 18th country (Japan) in July 2011 it was then halted by a rescinded overflight permission for the Russian Far East due to unexpected flight delays earlier in the route. Since that point, new Russian permission has been repeatedly sought from 2011 to 2014 while the aircraft has been kept in Japan and Norman has patiently waited.

“It is not as if a global World Record attempt such as this poses any sort of meaningful “security” issue for any particular country, rather, it should be held up and viewed for what it is, a friendly, positive symbol of international cooperation, much like any other truly global sporting event such as the Olympics or the football World Cup. Those events would simply not happen unless all the participating countries agreed to work together simply and for no other purpose other than for the advancement and celebration of sporting achievement throughout the world. The world community is enriched by such events and they are a constant reminder of our common humanity on this planet.

Initially all seemed to go well, all local en route airfields across the Russian Far East were contacted and proved 100% supportive, fuel logistics worked out, much support and encouragement was offered from the local aviation community and both the Russian CAA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked their best to secure the all so necessary flight permission. However there was one glitch in all the meticulous planning. According to the guidelines for such flights various agencies needed to be consulted for their opinion on the suitability of the flight. Unfortunately one such “statutory consultee” was missing and simply did not respond despite numerous attempt to ask them to do so. That agency was the Federal Security Bureau (FSB).

Norman speaking about this said “The reason for the continued and consistent lack of any FSB response is baffling and extremely frustrating for our whole team and also for our many supporters that have closely followed the flight so far”.

He continues:
In our case however, it is only by the combined openness of all the 24 countries involved en route that a successful circumnavigation can ever hope to be achieved. So it`s a very sad state of affairs when we are now halted, not through any physical impasse or barrier to aviation but purely through an apparent lack of enthusiasm from one government Agency to even be bothered to respond to a simple request asked from another Agency, when they are supposedly both working for the benefit and advancement of the same country on the world stage”

Media enquiries to Tom Burns

Friday, 8 August 2014

Cyclist successfully finishes the fastest ever ride of the Himalayas

Austrian cyclist Jacob Zurl (26) successfully finished the fastest ever ride of the Himalayas in 38 hours 40 min. 

Here is his brief report in his own words.
"Because of the heavy rain in Manali we started on Monday (August 4th, 2014.) at 11:00 am in Manali - Main Bazar. I reached the Khardung La at 1:40 am.

It was harder than I ever thought. To cycle for so many hours in such high altitude is real extrem and very difficult for mind and body. Every hour my support crew measured my oxygen saturation and three times it was the lowest ever. So my support team decided to do a short stop. They also thought that my body wouldn't handle the thin air over that many hours and that he would have to stop the record attempt. I really want to thank my girlfriend, Greta (who studies medicine), who made the decision that he can go on.

The road was so bad - maybe only 50% was asphalt - and at the end my arms and my ass hurt so much."

He did his ride without stopping for sleeping while dealing with extreme temperatures, the poor / no road surface, freezing streams, slush and thin air of high altitude. Jacob was attempting to do this in less than 48 hours - a journey that is usually completed by experienced cyclists in two weeks!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Extreme cyclist tackles earths highest "most dangerous" road in world record bid

An Austrian extreme cyclist will tackle the highest and what is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Jacob Zurl (26) will attempt to be the first to set a world record for crossing the 517 km (321 miles approx) Manali-Leh-highway in India non-stop in under 48 hours A journey that is usually completed by experienced cyclists in two weeks!

Consider one of the most dangerous roads because the poor surface, the need to cross freezing streams, slush and thin air of high altitude. Also the road is so narrow in places only one vehicle can pass at a time. Added to that is the lack of infrastructure, repair service or inhabited settlements.  In addition Jacob will be tackling this at speed and fatigued after long hours in the saddle.

The Manali-Leh-highway, Ladakh in Himachal Pradesh state crosses some of the world's highest motorable mountain passes and culminating on the Khardung La at 5359m (17,500 ft approx). 

When:  Beginning Monday August 
4th., 2014 

Where: Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India


Media enquiries to Tom Burns

Monday, 14 July 2014

Indian man to drive self-built solar tuk tuk India to UK demonstrating green transport

Naveen Rabelli announceed today (Monday July 14, 2014) his plan to drive his solar tuk tuk /  autorickshaw from Bangalore, India to London, England. He plans to travel 10,000 km (nearly 6,230 miles) and traverse 10 countries. Naveen's Tuk Tuk-Tejas, will run on solar and electricity and will have 0 emissions. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of a sustainable low cost alternative transport solution for tens of millions of people in Asia and beyond.

Naveen began working on his ‘tuk tuk’ over two years ago which has resulted in a vehicle that can travel 80 km (nearly 50 miles) when charged for eight hours. Also with 5 hours of exposure to the sun, it can run for another 25 km (nearly 16 miles). This has been achieved through many of hours of design and construction work, with a limited budget and the support of local mechanics and body fabricator.

Media enquiries to: Tom Burns

You can see links to some media coverage is here:

Chicago Tribune,0,7466668.story

NDTV (India)

Economic Times (India)

De Telegraaf (Holland)

Yahoo News

Jakarta Globe

IBN (India)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Pilot aims to be youngest to fly around the world

Matt Guthmiller is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly around the world. He has been working toward this record since he was a child and did his first flight at the age of 16 at home in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

While presently a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Matt is a self-taught software engineer who first began writing code at around 12 years old. Not long after that started one of the very first iPhone unlocking businesses in 2007. By second level school he had moved on to producing algorithms that could predict crude oil prices and using supercomputers to analyse stock trades.

Matt's flight is supporting, non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of colour.

Some some media coverage achieved below:

Boston Globe

Le Figaro

Times of India

MailOnline / Daily Mail (UK)

La Razon

NDTV (India)

Washington Post

Brisbane Times (Australia)

Straits Times (Singapore)

Monday, 23 June 2014

1,000s of jugglers from across the globe gather for circus arts convention

What: The world’s largest juggling and circus arts event the 'European Juggling Convention' (EJC) which takes place mid-July. It not only attracts thousands of jugglers it also sees the arrival of large numbers of aerial acrobats from all over the world. In fact EJC attracts worlds most talented and respected circus and juggling artists who will arrive from the USA, Australia, Germany, the UK, France, Argentina, New Zealand. 

The week long event will feature the 'Juggling Legends' who have gained their reputation through amazing and beautiful performances or groundbreaking ideas. A number have writing books and do unbelievable tricks and slick routines.  EJC events also include:
  • ‘Juggling Olympics’, the circus skills games some activities involving significant skill, such as 5-ball or 7-ball endurance juggling
  • A full scale circus show hosted every evening
  • Workshops and master classes from circus artists and jugglers of international renown 
  • A monster parade of of attendees to show of their skills to the local community
When: 19th to the 26th July 2014

Where: Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland


Media enquiries to:
 Tom Burns

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Brit ends 8,000 mile environ trip to Easter Island running & cycling part of the way

Susie Stephen has completed her 8,000 mile journey running (the UK), cycling (S. America) and flying in between from the UK to Easter Island. The finish will be a marathon size run on the Easter Island. 
Susie had the goal of carrying out an environmental study and re-trace the 1914 anthropological study journey undertaken by Katherine Routledge focused on Polynesia. 

After running much of the length (800 miles) of the England followed by a flight to Argentina to cycle nearly 1,000 miles across S. America.  There she was challenged by cold and thin air of the Andes and thirst and heat of the high desert.

Susie is an environmental scientist, marathon runner and yogi and has already and is carrying environmental research on her trip. She is a real internationalist as she lives in Hawaii, was born and brought up in the UK and went to college in Colorado, USA.

You can view a video of her in S. America here

Media enquiries to Tom Burns

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Aussie could ride jet board up to 500 km/h. in world record attempt

Australian Daz (The Cowboy) Fellows announced details of his attempt to break the Guinness world land speed record for the fastest powered streetluge. His streetluge, a man-sized skateboard, has the added bonus of two jet engines with afterburners creating a ‘jet luge”. Daz hopes to beat the current record of nearly 190 km/h (120mph) by a factor of two+ while using only his feet as breaks! Daz is well prepared for the record through years of stunt work in TV and streetluge in Australia. He made the announcement in Windsor, NSW on May 26th, 2014.

Daz, who has prepared for the record attempt through 17 years of street luge, will be riding a body hugging aerodynamic custom-built carbon fibre luge. It was designed and assembled by him working in conjunction with his team, which involved hundreds of hours of design and testing.  They have spent the last 18 months building the board from scratch with Daz spending over Aus$70,0000 of his money on the venture.

Daz’s record attempt will be done in the cooler months of the Australian Winter between April and August 2015. This is to help keep running temperatures down and maximise thrust output. His jet luge is 2998mm (9.84ft) long from nose to tail on which Daz attached afterburners to increase the power by up to 44%. In fact his 12 wheel jet powered luge has the power to travel at speeds of up to 500 km/h.  His unusual ground-hugging mode of transport can only be stopped by him dragging his feet!

Speaking about his record attempt Daz said ”I want to inspire, educate and encourage people of all ages to chase their dreams, push personnel limits. I am also supporting Westmead Children’s hospital. In risking mine, hopefully I can raise funds to help save many young lives. Without the help of the Westmead Children’s Hospital many years ago I wouldn't be here today.“

For more detail, including a technical spec of the jet luge, and enquiries from the media email Tom Burns at

Video of Daz's announcement goes viral and is picked up by 93 media networks worldwide. See some of the links to media coverage below.

Metro (UK)

Motherboard (US)

Der Spiegel (Germany)


Sky News (UK)

Stern (Germant)

NDTV (China)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Jelly fish mysteries unravelled through stunning visuals on 30,000 mile ocean voyage

Announcing details of 30,000 nautical miles (55,000 km or 35,000 miles) oceanographic expedition to examine the little researched life of gelatinous plankton including jelly fish. The lives of gelatinous plankton are mystery, even to scientists who devote years studying their secretive habits. What is particularly unique about this venture is that will attempt to popularise their science by multimedia broadcasting the visually stunning results of their work. Also they will share their research focusing on gelatinous plankton's importance in the ocean food chain.

Titled Aquatilis Expedition this venture will set sail in 2015 on a three-year journey. It will be lead by Alexander Semenov, a marine biologist and underwater photographer, who's work has featured in the international media already.  The team will be travelling in a 70 ft custom-built, self-sufficient expedition vessel which is fully equipped for long-term navigation through oceans. This epic voyage will be partially financed through crowdfunding and the Aquatilis Expedition team are now calling for support.
Media enquiries to

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Retracing 1914 anthropological study to Easter Island from the UK

Susie Stephen is continuing her 8,000+ mile journey, running, cycling and flying from the UK to Easter Island.  

Susie's goal is to carry out an environmental study and re-trace the 1914 anthropological study journey undertaken by Katherine Routledge focused on Polynesia. The bike leg will start on April 12th from Buenos Aires. This is after visiting some of the places the Routledges did 100 years ago and visiting the port where her boat docked.

The next phase is cycling nearly 1,000 miles across S. America where she will challenged by cold and thin air of the Andes and thirst and heat of the desert. She already ran the length of England - 300 miles! 

Susie's plan is to ride for 23-25 days across the Pampas region, and then over the Andes to reach Santiago, Chile early May. She will then fly out to Rapa Nui, Easter Island about ten days before the marathon - which is on June 1st. This is all for Australian NGO Pacific Aid.

If you need more information email

Monday, 7 April 2014

222 skydivers from 28 nations in world record attempt above Arizona

222 skydivers from 28 nations attempted to break the FédérationAéronautique Internationale (FAILargest Sequential Freefall Formation World Record. All the skydivers exited from ten aircraft flying in tight formation at 19,000 feet (nearly 5,800 meters) above the Arizona desert in the USA. The skydivers only had approx. 80 seconds from the start time exiting aircraft to separating to open their parachutes. 

They attempted two different formations created on the same dive provided a kaleidoscopic visual in the sky while setting the world record. Each element has its dangers but with 20 years experience and safety taking a priority for the skydivers aka World Team.

This took place on March 28 – April 4, 2014, with preparation skydives starting March 28th and expectations of the record being achieved anytime between April 1-3rd. It all happened at Skydive Arizona in the US.

Here is just some of the media coverage achieved:

Washington Post

Muckrack (media social media forum)

MSN News

Seven News (Australia)
Yahoo News


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Saturday, 22 March 2014

11,000 mile record-breaking walk to Africa will bring clean water to communities

A novel and dangerous way to raise awareness of the lack of safe and clean water in Africa started on March 22nd 2014. It involves the founder of the recently established Long Well Walk charity departing on an 11,000 mile (nearly 18,000km) walk to Africa. The arduous trek, lasting 18 months, will be a world record attempt and traverse 15 countries. The person undertaking this adventure, Liam Garcia, will visit all the projects his charity supports and donate 100% of all public donations raised to the projects.

The Long Well Walk is committed to developing effective, sustainable water and sanitation projects in partnership with local communities. It has several on-going projects across south-eastern Africa, including: Kinyinabo, Bunjakko Island, Uganda; Namavundu, Uganda; Alton Masai, Oldanyati, Kenya. These projects are funded by public donations, 100% of this money will go solely to these life changing projects; The Long Well Walk works in a completely transparent way so it will show exactly how donations are spent and used.

Speaking about the walk Liam said, "Globally, diseases from dirty water kills more people than all forms of violence. With this in mind I came up with a simple if not crazy idea to walk from my hometown of Sheffield to Cape Town. On the way I will raise awareness of the lack of safe and clean water in many of the countries along the way and to raise money to provide sustainable sources for water."

See media coverage

Yorkshire Post

Rex Features

Media enquiries to

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Finish of 300 mile England run on the way to Easter Island!

Susie Stephen finished the first phase of her travels (running, cycling & sailing) from the UK to Easter Island. This was the 300 mile run from her home town of Darlington, County Durham to Bursledon, Hamshire, England Wednesday (26 Feb. 2014) where she was greeted by her parents. 

She returns to Hawaii where she lives for recovery before the next phase, cycling across S. America. There is a photo in this batch of her running in Hawaii previously.

Susie's expedition titled "Running after Routledge" has a goal of carrying out an environmental study of Easter island. She will also re-trace the 1914 anthropologicalstudy journey undertaken by Katherine Routledge focused on Polynesia. Susie's planned route across S. America will start from Argentina will take Susie across the Pampas region, and then over the Andes to Santiago, Chile. From there, Susie will then sail from Valparaiso out to Rapa Nui, Easter Island.

Some media coverage here:

BBC World Service's sports podcast from itunes:

Oxford Mail

News UK

Irish Independent

Northern Echo

Media enquiries to