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)