Travelling on Two Wheels

After seven weeks, two St Andrews alumni are well on their way to setting a new world record for the fastest time to cycle the Pan-American Highway. Since kicking off the journey in Alaska on 29th July, Danny Beech and Chris Lally have encountered bears, camped in the Arctic Circle, and dined at classic North American establishments such as Tim Horton’s and Taco Bell. While they completed Stage 1 of their trip on 12th September, it’s not too late to support them through their journey—they still have over 9,000 miles to go!

Chris and Danny at Lake Louise in Canada

Chris and Danny at Lake Louise in Canada

A lonely road at dusk

A lonely road at dusk

The cyclists have been met with superb Canadian and American hospitality along the way as they sped along the spine of the Rocky Mountains, from the top of Alaska, through western Canada, and across the US border to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas. A strong tail-wind in Montana helped them complete 155 miles in a single day—a pace that keeps them on track to set the new world record. They took in American culture at the Story Day Festival in Wyoming during a rest day, before hopping back on their bikes and continuing south. After getting a tyre rebuilt in southern Texas, Danny and Chris crossed into Mexico on 12th September, entering their third country and completing Stage One of the journey, a mere 4,900 miles in their legs.

The team at Pro Bike in Laredo, Texas, helped fix a broken wheel before Chris and Danny crossed into Mexico

The team at Pro Bike in Laredo, Texas, helped fix a broken wheel before Chris and Danny crossed into Mexico

A great perk of biking over 100 miles per day is getting to eat a very big breakfast!

A great perk of biking over 100 miles per day is getting to eat a very big breakfast!

As Stage 2 begins, the two alumni will cycle 2,600 miles from the US-Mexico Border to the bottom of Central America in Colon, Panama. To follow along with Danny and Chris for the rest of the trip, check out their Instagram update here and their blog here. If you would like more information on how you can help them out, please email alumni@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Is this the way to…. Nearly to Texas!

Is this the way to…. Nearly to Texas!