Alaska to Argentina: Cycling the Pan-American Highway

Danny Beech and Chris Lally are attempting to SMASH the World Record for the fastest time to cycle the Pan-American Highway, aiming to beat the record or 125 days by a full 25 days! Danny, a 22 year-old Medical student, and Chris, a 21 year-old Physics student, are both from the north of England and have recently completed their degrees at St Andrews. To help them achieve this ambitious goal, they are asking members of the St Andrews community for their support throughout their journey.

Pan-American Highway ImageWith support from the University of St Andrews and The R&A, they are attempting to break the World Record for the fastest time to cycle from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina – the 22,690km Pan-American Highway. This means they expect to cycle a staggering 225–250km a day. The world record attempt is also partially funded by the Alex Richardson Award; Alex was a St Andrews student who tragically died of a brain injury in 2009.

Danny and Chris are desperately in need of places where they can send and store parcels containing new tyres and other replacement bike parts. Would you be willing to help? A list of the towns and cities that mark their progress can be found below; if you are willing to offer somewhere for their packages to be delivered along the journey or would like more information on other ways you can help them out, please email alumni@st-andrews.ac.uk

It might seem a lot to ask from complete strangers, but we all know the St Andrews connection stretches far! A friendly face can be a huge boost, and it would be amazing for the pair to meet some people from the St Andrews community along the way. It would be a real achievement for Danny and Chris, as well as the entire alumni community, if we could help them break a world record through our co-ordinated efforts!

If you’d like to read more about Danny and Chris or their challenge, you can find them online at www.cycletheamericas.co.uk. They’ll be updating their blog throughout their trip, so keep an eye out for it! They’ve also been interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland on 19th June, and featured in the University newspaper, The Saint: http://www.thesaint-online.com/2015/06/taking-the-long-way-st-andrews-graduates-tackle-the-pan-american-highway/

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Danny (in yellow) and Chris

 

 The route:

Prudhoe Bay (Alaska)

Whitehorse (YT)

Teslin (YT)

Fort Nelson (BC)

Banff (BC)

Great Falls (MT)

Livingstone (MT)

Laramie (WY)

Boulder (CO)

Denver (CO)

Colorado Springs (CO)

Amarillo (TX)

Lubbock (TX)

San Antonio (TX)

Reynosa (Mexico)

Tampico (Mexico)

Poza Rica de Hidalgo (Mexico)

Veracruz (Mexico)

Juchitan de Zaragoza (Mexico)

Tapachula de Cordova y Ordonez (Mexico)

Guatamala City (Guatamala)

San Salvador (El Salvador)

San Jose (Costa Rica)

Panama City (Panama)

Lima (Peru)

Antofagasta (Chile)

Santiago (Chile)

Ushuaia (Argentina)

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