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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Video - 4,400 mile cycle / trek water research expedition across Africa



Announcement of details of a 4,400 mile (walking / riding) research expedition across Africa. Sheffield man Liam Garcia will lead a team asking and hopefully answering the question “Are we throwing away money on water projects in Africa?” This six month trek and cycle from Cape Town, South Africa to Kampala, Uganda will carry out formal research and investigation of water and sanitation projects. The team of three will also raise awareness of the issue though an ambitious social and conventional media campaign. Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 20 November 2015

World’s 1st nonstop extreme cycle across Cuba’s steamy tropical heat

Extreme cyclist Jacob Zurl (27) will attempt to be the first person to ride 1400 km (840 miles approx.) the length of Cuba non-stop. He will do this without stopping to sleep while dealing with heat and humidity, poor road surfaces and limited infrastructure. Jacob will attempt to do this in less than 55 hours - a journey that is usually completed by experienced cyclists in two weeks! This world first in a country unexplored by professional cyclists starts on Saturday the 15th of December 2015 and finishes on the 17th.

Jacob will be tackling this adventure at top speed and while battling fatigue after long hours in the saddle. During these two days he will have to handle high temperatures - heat by day of 30°C from early morning and 90% humidity. Temperatures can get as cold as 10C at night with the occasional frost arriving on a cold front. Also much of the route will travel through isolated farming communities which lack infrastructure, repair services and internet access. Other challenges he has to face are heavy traffic in the urban areas and related fumes from the many classic American cars.

Jacob will benefit from his experience of being the first person to ride the worlds highest and said to be on of the most dangerous roads in the world the Manali-Leh highway in the Himalayas. He will also send a week acclimatising and test which is the most appropriate local food he should eat while riding. In addition he has tried to increase his body tolerance for heat and humidity through the use of a sauna over many weeks. Jacob also has to consider the possible impact of this extreme ride on his health, particularly heart and lungs. It took many weeks for him to recover after his Himalaya ride.

The Austrian will be riding a custom-built carbon cross-bike with numerous special features. These include wider tires and a frame designed to reduce the impact of the uneven road surface on the rider.

Speaking about the challenge ahead, Jacob said, “Nobody has done a comparable challenge in such high heat and humidity up to now. I believe my love of endurance cycling, and unexplored cycle route, as well the support of my team and my family, will get me through.”

Media enquiries to Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com


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Weltweit erste Nonstop-Durchquerung 1400km Kubas mit dem Fahrrad

Extremradfahrer Jacob Zurl (27) will der Erste sein, der die 1400 km lange Strecke von Kubas Westküste bis zur Ostküste mit dem Fahrrad nonstop durchfährt – Kuba Coast to Coast. Er möchte dies ohne Schlaf und unter extremen Bedingungen wie schwüler Hitze, schlechten Straßenverhältnissen und mangelnder Infrastruktur bewältigen. Jacob möchte diesen Rekordversuch in weniger als 55 Stunden schaffen – eine Reise, die erfahrene Radfahrer normalerweise in zwei Wochen zurücklegen! Die weltweit erste Kuba-Durchquerung dieser Art startet am Samstag, dem 15. Dezember, und endet zwei Tage später, am 17. Dezember 2015.



Jacob wird dieses Abenteuer mit Top-Speed bewältigen, während er gegen die Müdigkeit ankämpfen muss, die nach vielen Stunden im Sattel auftaucht. In diesen Tagen muss er mit hohen Temperaturen bis etwa 30°C und einer Luftfeuchtigkeit von 90% rechnen. Dafür kann die Temperatur nachts auf bis zu 10°C absinken. Ein Großteil der Strecke verläuft durch isolierte, bäuerliche Gegenden, denen es an Infrastruktur, Reparaturdiensten sowie Internetzugang fehlt. Eine weitere Herausforderung stellen der starke Verkehr in den städtischen Gebieten und die damit verbundenen Abgase der zahlreichen klassischen amerikanischen Autos dar.

Jacob profitiert von seinen Erfahrungen, die er bei seinem letzten Projekt gewonnen hat – der schnellsten Fahrrad-Überquerung des höchsten Gebirgszuges des Welt, des Himalayas. Dort befuhr er am Manali-Leh Highway bereits die höchsten und auch einige der gefährlichsten Straßen der Welt. Es hat ihn viele Wochen gekostet, um sich von seiner Himalaya-Fahrt zu erholen. 

In Kuba wird sich Jacob eine Woche akklimatisieren und testen, welche lokalen Lebensmittel er gut verträgt und während der Tour zu sich nehmen kann. Zusätzlich bereitet er sich durch regelmäßige Saunagänge auf die enorme Hitze und die hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit vor, die auf ihn zukommen werden. Jacob ist sich auch der möglichen Auswirkungen dieser Fahrt auf seine Gesundheit – im Speziellen auf Herz und Lunge – bewusst. Technisch wird der Österreicher die Tour mit einem professionellen Cross-Rad bestreiten. Breitere Reifen sowie ein Rahmen, der speziell darauf ausgerichtet ist, Unebenheiten der Straße auszugleichen, gehören zur Spezialausstattung dieses Fahrrads.

Wenn Jacob an die bevorstehende Herausforderung denkt, meint er: „Niemand hat bisher eine vergleichbare Leistung unter einer solch hohen Hitze und Luftfeuchtigkeit erbracht. Ich glaube, meine Liebe zum Extremradfahren und zu unerforschten Radstrecken sowie die Unterstützung durch mein Team und meine Familie werden mich antreiben.“

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Primero vuelta en bicicleta del mundo sin ninguna parada a través Cuba por la paz y el entendimiento cultural

El intenso ciclista Jacob Zurl (27) intentará ser la primera persona en recorrer en bicicleta 1400 Kilómetros (840 millas aprox.), correspondientes a la longitud de Cuba sin parar. Él lo hará sin parar a dormir mientras que estará en contacto con el calor y humedad del terreno, las precarias carreteras y las infraestructuras limitadas. Jacob intentará hacerlo en menos de 55 horas, ¡un viaje que normalmente es completado por los ciclistas profesionales en dos semanas! Esta primera ruta en un país inexplorado por ciclistas profesionales empezará el sábado 15 de diciembre y terminará el 17.

Jacob llevará a cabo esta aventura a toda velocidad y al mismo tiempo luchará contra la fatiga después de largas horas sentado en la bicicleta. Durante esos dos días, él tendrá que manejarse a través de las altas temperaturas – con la temperatura de 30ºC desde la mañana y 90% de humedad. Las temperaturas pueden llegar a enfriar hasta 10ºC por la noche con la posibilidad de escarchas en cuanto llegue un frente frío. También en gran parte de la ruta, viajará a través de las aisladas comunidades agrícolas que carecen de infraestructuras, servicios de reparación y acceso a Internet. Otros desafíos que tiene que enfrentar son el tráfico concurrente en las áreas urbanas y los gases desprendidos por los habituales coches americanos.

Jacob se beneficiará en su experiencia de ser la primera persona en el mundo en recorrer en bicicleta una de las partes más difíciles y altas del mundo, pero él ya ha tenido la experiencia de haber cruzado la cordillera más alta del mundo, la carretera de Manali-Leh en el Himalaya. En Cuba, Jacob probará los alimentos que mejor le convengan para tomar durante su trayectoria. Además, ha estado preparándose para mejorar su tolerancia al calor, mediante regulares sesiones de sauna todas las semanas. Jacob tiene que tener en cuenta el posible impacto en su salud de esta aventura, particularmente en su corazón y pulmones. Ya que por ejemplo, después de su trayectoria por el Himalaya, tuvo varias semanas de recuperación.

El austriaco hará su ruta con una bicicleta especialmente preparada para las características del terreno, lo hará con una bicicleta de cross-profesional cuyos neumáticos son anchos, y el marco está diseñado especialmente para reducir el impacto de las irregularidades de la superficie de la carretera.

Finalmente, respecto al reto que tiene por delante, Jacob dice que nadie ha hecho un desafío semejante hasta hora con esas altas temperaturas y gran humedad. Y también confía en que su amor por el ciclismo de resistencia, la ruta sin explorar, el apoyo de su equipo y familia harán que él pueda llegar a lograrlo.

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Days to go until the 21st Crocodile Trophy starts in Cairns on 17th October

Moe than 100 mountain bikers will race the oldest and most iconic off-road stage race in the world this year.  

From the rainforests into the Outback and back to the beach: during the nine days from Cairns to Port Douglas the competitors from 17 countries are in for a treat: jungle, single trails, river crossings, steep climbs and fast descents, old mining towns in the Outback, huge farms and the fertile Tablelands await them.

Crocodile Trophy mountain bike (MTB) riders pass termite mounds in far Nth Queensland, Australia
This year again there are many renowned elite athletes among the riders, who will fight for the podium spots in a gripping race until the final day:  
- Greg Saw from Australia: the Crocodile Trophy Champion from 2014 will be at the start to defend his title.
- Brendan Johnston: the Australian Marathon National Champion will challenge the international contenders on his home ground.
- Urs Huber from Switzerland: one of the most successful endurance mountain bikers in the world a double Crocodile Trophy Champion
- Ondrej Foitek: this Czech racer has claimed the Crocodile Trophy victory twice as well.
- Soren Nissen from Denmark is regarded as the dark horse among the elite field.
- Nicholas Pettinà, the Italian Marathon National Champion
- David Rosa: the Portugese rider was unlucky last year when he did not finish the Crocodile Trophy due to an injury; this year he has his eyes on the overall win.
- Rotem Ishay: this nine-time National Champion from Israel will have some aces up his sleeves.

Apart from ringing names from the mountain bike athletic scene, at the start of the 21st Crocodile Trophy there will also be some interesting industry representatives:
- Koenraad Vanschoren from Belgium from BEMC, which is one of the biggest mountain bike stage races in Europe, will stay in Australia for four weeks with his family and will participate in the race.
- Joko Vogel, the organiser of the Swiss Epic event will join the event for the last three stages- For the first time we will have a Paraolympian at the start
– Arnout Matthys from Belgium will participate in the race.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

World wheelie, jet shopping trolley & motorised shed world speed records broken

Unusual automotive  world speed records were established at Straightliners Events Top Speed weekend recently. Theses were:
1. Kevin Nicks (Oxford) and his motorised shed set a world speed record of 88.068mph
2. Kevin Scott (Lincoln) and his monowheel 'Warhorse' set a world record speed of 61.18mph
3. Matt McKeown (Plymouth) on his jet powered shopping trolley set an unofficial world record of 61.18mph
4. Tom Armitage (Leeds) in his 'Postman Pat' van set a world record speed of 107.4mph
At the same event Gary Rothwell (Liverpool) who set a world speed record of 209mph for a motorcycle kilometre wheelie. It is also worth nothing that top speed rider Jack Frost broke a chain at 210mph (pic included) and one armed rider Andy Slade reached nearly 175mph (pic included)

Also at this event a whole range of two and four wheel vehicles were vying for world and Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) records. To establish a record participants had to complete a run in both direction records meeting over a kilometre or a quarter mile. Record ratification and timing was administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA) for this event.

This Top Speed weekend was organised by Straightliners Events at Elvington Airfield near York, England. Uniquely Straightliners events offer an "open door" policy to motorsport professional and enthusiasts by removing unnecessary red tape. Once potential participants pass official scrutineering they are free to enjoy the top speed and skilled handling events.

Below are some media coverage about this and media enquires should be directed to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Sunday Times

Daily Mirror (UK) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fearless-biker-performs-worlds-fastest-6487804

El Correo
http://www.elcorreo.com/videos/internacional/201509/21/gary-rothwell-bate-record-4499487702001-mm.html

Belfast Telegraph (N. Ireland) http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/video-news/video-world-motorcycle-wheelie-speed-record-broken-31545633.html

Yahoo Autos

Daily Record (Scotland) http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/weird-news/stunt-motorcyclist-sets-new-world-6487546

BBC Sport

International Business Times (UK) http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gary-rothwell-claims-fastest-wheelie-motorcycle-world-record-1520604

Yorkshire Post (UK) http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/video-watch-a-garden-shed-travel-at-80mph-and-a-jet-powered-supermarket-trolley-break-a-world-record-1-7471202

Le Monde (France) http://www.lemonde.fr/sport/video/2015/09/21/un-motard-frole-les-340-km-h-sur-une-seule-roue_4765862_3242.html

El Correo (Spain) http://www.elcorreo.com/videos/internacional/201509/21/gary-rothwell-bate-record-4499487702001-mm.html

Gizmag http://www.gizmag.com/gary-rothwell-breaks-world-wheelie-record/39551/

Visordown http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-videos/gary-rothwell-claims-world-wheelie-speed-record/28205.html

Motorbikewriter http://motorbikewriter.com/wheelie-king-sets-new-world-record/
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

World kilometre wheelie speed record broken by Gary Rothwell at Straight...



Gary Rothwell from Liverpool, England broke the world speed record for a kilometer wheelie Saturday September 19th 2015. This took place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. It was at a Top Speed weekend organised by Straightliners Events. http://www.straightliners-events.co.u...

In this video
1. Gary talks about his attempt to break the world record
2. Gary sets off on his Hayabusa Turbo 1300cc for the start line
3. Completes the wheelie reaching 209.88mph
4. He reacts to breaking the world speed record

Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Friday, 11 September 2015

Flaming, ear piercing 300mph jet car to go for British record near York late Sept.

Julian Webb fires up the after burner on his jet car 'Split Second'

A flaming, ear piercing 300mph jet car will go for British record near York in late September. It will be followed closely behind by a motorised shed and the current world wheelie champion all bidding for British and world records. This will take place at a Straightliners automotive event at Elvington Airfield near York the 19th and 20th of September

Gary Rothwell does a wheelie during the world championship
At this event there will be a whole range of two and four wheel vehicles vying for world and Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) records. To establish a record participants have to complete a run in both direction records meeting over a kilometre or a quarter mile. Record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA) for this event.

Kevin Scott and his 'War Horse' monowheel

The participants of particular note are:
  • The jet car is called 'Split Second' and is driven by Julian Webb from Lincolnshire who is attempting a British record aiming for over 300mph - ear protectors essential! 
  • The worlds first motorised garden shed - a two ton, steel frame concoction with a 4-wheel drive Volkswaagen Passat inside took seven months to build. It was inspired, by 50 year old father of one from Oxfordshire, Kevin Nick's horticultural work and a "What to do with" the remnants of said same vehicle sitting on the driveway 
  • World wheelie champion Gary Rothwell will also be back going for a new world record of over 200mph! 
Uniquely Straightliners events offer an "open door" policy to motorsport professional and enthusiasts by removing unnecessary red tape. Once potential participants pass official scrutineering they are free to enjoy the top speed and skilled handling events.

Speaking about this event Trevor Duckworth of Straightliners said "What is particularly significant about this event is the fact that the main international automotive speed event at Bonneville in Utah this year has been called off due to surface problems. As a result the Straightliners meet is the main speed event for UK participants is the last major event for 2015."
Kevin Nicks drives the worlds first motorised shed
Admission is £10 per person, weekend camping £25 per person and children under 16 years  free. Race entry is £250 for the weekend or £150 for one day for bikes. £300 for cars for the weekend and £200 for one day. Entry includes admission. For booking for participants and the public should go to the website here http://www.straightliners-events.co.uk/event/events/ukta.html

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gyrocopter man around the world flew back into UK airspace for 1st time in 5 years!


Gyrocopter man around the world Norman Surplus who recently flew back into GB airspace for the first time in five years!

Together with his gyrocopter, Norman has caused a media stir while recently crossing the US and previously traversed 18 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia since he started in 2010. While flying across the world Norman crossed forest fires, severe thunderstorms, arid deserts, even a dip in a Thai lake. 

When he reached Japan he hit the Russian bureaucratic wall as they barred him form crossing into their airspace. in 2014 he decided to ship the gyrocopter to the US west coast from where he restarted his sojourn earlier this year.  In addition the long flights over open ocean, for such a short range open cockpit aircraft with limited instruments for guidance, posed extra dangers for Norman.
Norman Surplus & gyrocopter arrives home  Larne, N. Ireland coast Aug 11 2015 (photo John Butler) 
Speaking about his and he can speak at length in an entertaining way Norman said "Great hospitality and local welcomes awaited in many of the stops along the way thanks to our “virtual” ground crew, local people found online in advance and volunteering at each stop to assist in the basics of helping me along the journey to the next stop, rather like a human baton in a relay race."

Norman completed the last leg of his journey when he arrived n Scotland (Stornoway airport) in early August. He flew into Stornoway after a 7,000 mile open cockpit flight across North America and Atlantic via Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Norman then fly on to Oban and then home to Larne, N. Ireland.  The last leg of his journey was a particular challenge because he was exposed to low temperatures and unpredictable weather in the far northern hemisphere. 

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship & Top Speed event 2015




This covers some of the wheelie / top speed action and many weird and wonderful vehicles bidding for UK and world speed records at the 10th Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship. 30 of the worlds top wheelie people competed in the event with representatives from Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, UK, US taking part. Thousands of spectators look on as bikers speed on the back wheel for a kilometre bidding to be the wheelie world champion.  The new world wheelie champion is Gary Rothwell from Liverpool who achieved a a speed of just over 197 mph successfully completing the required kilometre length wheelie. Again there were nearly 30 of the worlds top speed riders taking part and the fastest person was the UK's fastest woman Becci Ellis from Scunthorpe, England.  The Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship & Top Speed event 2015 was organised by Trevor Duckworth and the Straightliners Events team. Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Winners of the Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship / Top Speed 2015 announced

The Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship / Top Speed event came to a close at 5pm Sunday 16th August 2015 at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire. England. The over all winner Gary Rothwell from liverpool who achieved a speed of just over 197 mph successfully completing the required kilometre length wheelie.
World Wheelie champ 2015 Gary Rothwell in action (photo Phil Evans)
30 of the worlds top wheelie people competed in the event with representatives from Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, UK, US taking part. Thousands of spectators look on as bikers speed on the back wheel for a kilometre bidding to be the wheelie world champion. Here are the exact result of the top three:
  1. Gary Rothwell riding a Hayabusa Turbo 197.879 MPH
  2. Egbert Van Popta from Holland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 195.805 MPH
  3. Paddy O'Sullivan from Ireland riding a Suzuki GSXR 189.822 MPH
Again there were nearly 30 of the worlds top speed riders taking part and the fastest person was the UK's fastest woman Beckie Ellis from Scunthorpe. Here are the results of the top three, all from the UK, riding the most powerful bikes:
  1. Becci Ellis riding a Hayabusa Turbo 259.542 MPH 
  2. Jack Frost based in N. Ireland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 254.457 MPH 
  3. Les Marsh, Europe's fastest grandad biker, from Cleveland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 245.622 MPH
Speed champ 2015 Becci Ellis waiting for the 'off' (photo Phil Evans)

There were a whole range of strange vehicles were put through their paces for the top speed section. They included a jet powered shopping cart, a motorised garden shed, the worlds fastest toilet and one of the most powerful motorbikes in the world at 8,000 CC. The top speeds for some of these unusual vehicles were
  • The motorised, shed designed, built and driven by Kevin Nicks form Oxfordshire did a top speed of 70.7670 MPH
  • The jet powered shopping trolley, designed, built and driven by Matt LcKeown form Plymouth, did a top speed of 55.8575 MPH
  • The Millyard Viper V10 8 driven / rode by Allen Millyard form Berkshire, who took five years and £30,000 to design and build the bike, reached a top speed of 182.511 MPH
There is no official top speed registered for the worlds fastest toilet as it was just taken for a run!

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners which is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straighliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth. You can get more information here http://www.straightliners-events.co.uk/event/events/world-wheelie-event.html

Media enquiries to 
Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com

Some media coverage here


http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/motorbike-championship-hopeful-reveals-marmite-9857167

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2015/08/article/2015-motorcycle-world-wheelie-championship-results/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-33951868

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-08-17/70mph-motorised-shed-attempts-world-record-at-elvington/

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/13600419.Speed_fans_flock_to_Motorcycle_Wheelie_World_Championships_in_York/

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13600419.Speed_fans_flock_to_Motorcycle_Wheelie_World_Championships_in_York/?ref=rss

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/13600379.Crowds_gather_to_witness_world_speed_records/

https://motortorque.org/articles/gardener-completes-attempt-to-break-world-record-for-fastest-shed/5

http://motorbikewriter.com/new-world-wheelie-champ-reaches-197mph/   

http://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/local/a-wheelie-great-event-1-7415724

http://www.mototriti.gr/data/news/preview_news/10o-Pagkosmio-Prwtathlhma-Soyzas_106314.asp

Monday, 27 July 2015

Motorbike rider preparing for World Wheelie Championship 2015



Riding on the back wheel for a kilometer at over 190mph for a kilometer is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 10th World Wheelie Championship set to take place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England on the 15th. & 16th. August 2015 organised by Straightliners. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world. You can get more information here http://www.straightliners-events.co.u... HD version available and edia enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Monday, 20 July 2015

On the back wheel for a kilometre at 190mph+ the goal of motorbike wheelie world champions

Riding on the back wheel for a kilometre at over 190mph for a kilometre is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 10th World Wheelie Championship set to take place in England in mid-August. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.

Thousands of spectators are expected at the motorcycle World Wheelie Championship that takes place on August 15th. and 16th. in England. The participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used.
Tony Robinson on a Harley Davidson at Elvington Airfield, Nth. Yorkshire (Naomi Fountain) 

The top wheelie riders at the event will be current record holder Egbert Van-popta from Holland who achieved 199mph wheelie in 2015. Also present will be Ted Brady from Ireland who is the second fastest and who is expected to speedy down the runway at over 190mph. Representing GB will be Dave 'Dodge' Rogers, previous World Wheelie Champion, who conceived and is the original driving force behind the World Wheelie Championship.

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straighliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.

Speaking about the World Wheelie Championship ‘Dodge’ said “In the early days of wheelie world records it was dominated by an elite few with high powered turbo bikes. Working with Straighliners we wanted to also involve the average guy on his sports bike. The rules for the World Wheelie Championship has achieved this by attracting serious motorcycle riders from all walks of life.”

Media enquiries to Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 12 June 2015

Video report stage 1 of the Alpen Tour Trophy UCI mountain bike race in Austria



Alpen Tour Trophy UCI mountain bike stage race (MTB) in Schladming, Austria 11 June 2015. Almost 360 of the worlds top riders from 32 countries started the first of four stages. This first stage is one of the toughest as riders have to tackle 2,900m of elevation, the highest point is 2,000m, spread over 59 km.  Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Sunday, 31 May 2015

7,500 mile open cockpit record breaking flight for aviation adventurer heading across N. America & Atlantic

Like the first days of flying with limited instruments and the wind in your hair

International aviation adventurer and world record holder Norman Surplus plans to fly his gyrocopter registered G-YROX (aka “Roxy”) 7,500 mile flight across the North America and the Atlantic. In his open cockpit, slow flying and with limited range/ instruments this aircraft it is like flying back in the pioneering early days of flight with the wind literally on your face and in your hair. Norman has already traversed 18 countries, crossed forest fires, severe thunderstorms, arid deserts, even a dip in a Thai lake and then hit the Russian wall. The security authorities prevented him flying there despite three years of asking but now this intrepid pilot will be able to fly on into much friendlier airspace. He will stop off in 14 states in the US and will attempt to set a number of FAI world records on the way.  Norman is promoting awareness of bowel cancer, while traveling, as a result of his own direct experience of battling with the condition..


As a result of his flight half way around the world, Norman is a nine times Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record holder. Together with his record setting gyrocopter he will depart Oregon on the US west coast to start a world record 7,500 mile flight across the US, Canada and Nth. Atlantic on the 1st of June 2015.  

With the aircraft's open cockpit design the pilot is exposed to the elements, slow flying, with limited range and no autopilot, it is like “flying by the seat of the pants”.  It is reminiscent of the pioneering world of the 1920’s and 30’s, back in the very early days of powered flight. Norman has already flown into and crossed the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan. On his way he crossed forest fires in Myanmar, severe thunderstorms over the Saudi Arabian desert, several unscheduled off airfield landings and even a dip in a Thai lake.

He started out in N. Ireland in 2010 heading eastbound around the globe, but then got stuck in Japan for three years while Russian authorities would not allow his UK registered aircraft into their airspace. 
Green entrepreneur, cancer survivor, 20 year volunteer Coxswain for the RNLI (the UK sea rescue service) and father of two Norman (52) from N. Ireland. 

Because of his own experience of bowel cancer in 2003/04 Norman has promoted awareness of the issue on his travels.  This has included giving lectures and using every media opportunity to raise the issue. In fact during his recovery from bowel cancer Norman first came across the unique little aircraft, the gyrocopter, and the rest as they say is history…. To date G-YROX is and remains the furthest flown Autogyro aircraft in History

Speaking about the flight Norman said “It is not always the real, physical, hurdles of the flight that have posed the greatest threat to the adventure - although there have been plenty of those - often the major hurdles remain largely bureaucratic. Having said this in the US it is an aviators dream. What ever the challenges, in times of doubt I can always recall how my situation was back in 2003/04 when I was dealing with a very different set of procedures, the outcome of which was equally uncertain, namely bowel cancer surgery and chemotherapy. The absolute uncertainty I felt in those months during treatment by far outweighs any uncertainty I may feel about any bureaucratic delays that occur today. I shall remain consistently happy just to be here at all.”  

Norman will depart McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV), Oregon, USA in the morning of June 1st. 2015. The actual record attempt will start from close by the Pacific coast at Tillamook Airport (KTMK), Oregon, USA. He will travel over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Massachusetts and Maine. Departure day is subject to suitable weather conditions and all necessary flight permits from the US FAA and UK CAA

Here are links the various bits of coverage about the launch of Norman's adventure in the US.









www.gulf-times.com/.../Daily%20newspaper_2015_06_07_000000.pdf






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