On 24th June 2018 I took on my longest ride ever, setting a new Guinness World Record for the 2,700km (1,700-miles) return journey between John o’Groats & Land’s End using an Elliptical Bike. I rode 245km (153-miles) per day and took 11 days, 10 hours & 37 minutes to complete the ride (which was part of The 2018 Longest Ride Challenge – a cycling community challenge being held in memory of my late brother Garai Makaya, who passed away on 11th February 2017).
The 2018 Longest Ride Challenge is aimed at encouraging cyclists to take on their lifetime longest rides in 2018 and also at raising awareness & funds for a documentary film about Garai Makaya and the skydiving community he founded in Botswana. The proceeds of this fundraising – and/or the revenue to be generated by the documentary film – will all be dedicated towards fundraising projects which Garai had supported in Botswana, over the years.
Find out more about the documentary project by clicking on the image below and view the news & results for The Longest Ride Challenge (including written & video reports covering the 1,700-mile record-breaking ride) in the news headlines below…
20 July 2018: My World Record Ride (Video Blog)
Below is my video blog for our 1,767-mile (2,827km) World Record Elliptical Bike ride from Land’s End to John o’Groats & back (‘LEJOGLE’) which took place between 24th June & 5th July, 2018. The video is probably the closest thing to actually being there as we rode twice across Britain, so I hope you’ll find it both insightful and entertaining…
12 July 2018: BBC Live Interview
This BBC News report below is a summary of my 1,700-mile (2,800km) Double End to End Elliptical Bike Guinness World Record ride (twice Across Britain – from Land’s End to John o’Groats and back to Land’s End – or ‘LEJOGLE’). The ride took place from 24th June 2018 to 5th July 2018 and was held in memory of my late brother Garai Makaya, who passed away in a skydiving accident on 11 February 2017 in Rustenburg, South Africa.
You can also read my full event report on this link.
23 June 2018: BBC News Report
From 24th June – 5 July 2018 I will attempt my longest ride ever, aiming to set a new Guinness World Record for the 2,700km (1,700-miles) return journey between John o’Groats & Land’s End (‘LEJOGLE’) using my ElliptiGO elliptical bike. And I want YOU to be a part of this journey.
I’d like you to take on your own Longest Ride Challenge in 2018, on whatever bike you like to ride. Find out more about why I am doing this challenge and how you might be able to be involved on this link (or watch the 2-minute BBC News report below):
12-13 August 2017: ‘Everesting’
In August 2017 I attempted to ride the height of Mt Everest on an ElliptiGO stand-up elliptical bike. The task was to ride (23 times in a row) up a 5.1km long Welsh hill called ‘The Tumble’! To succeed I’d have to cover 225km (141-miles) and would need to climb over 8,848m (29,029 feet) – which matches the full height of Mt. Everest!
It’s an endurance cycling challenge called ‘Everesting’ – and it is tough! All riders who succeed earn a place in the Everesting Hall of Fame. I rode with my long-term team-mate Alan McDonogh and you can see how we got on in the video below (or you can read a more detailed report of our Everesting challenge on this link).
26-31 May 2016: Land’s End to John o’Groats
I took on the iconic 1,368km (850-mile) crossing of Great Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats (‘LEJOG’) on an ElliptiGO Bike. The goal was to set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of Britain on an elliptical cycle. The film below outlines my End to End ride, from the start of my training until the very end of the mammoth challenge ride itself and a written report of this epic adventure can be read here.
16-20 August 2015: Paris Brest Paris
I rode with the ElliptiGO Ultra-Endurance Team in the famous Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP 2015) Audax cycling challenge. Each rider was tasked with completing the 1,230km (765-miles) course within 90 hours. You can read my report about this epic endurance adventure on this link – or watch my film about the ride (below).
28 July-2 August 2013: London Edinburgh London
London Edinburgh London, or LEL, is a “randonnee” cycling event held every four years. To complete the event, riders must cover the 1,418 km (886-mile) round trip from London (England) to Edinburgh (Scotland) – and back – within 116 hours and 40 minutes.
1,000 cyclists from 33 different countries attempted this feat in 2013 – alongside 3 ElliptiGO riders: Alan McDonogh, Steve Cook and Idai Makaya. Read the report here, or watch the 5-min video summary below: