In an incredible feat for any Indian, a 20-year-old Pune woman Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. She has completed the 29,000 km distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe.
She has spent 159 days peddling around 300 km a day in 14 countries. She is currently pursuing a degree in sports management from the University of Bournemouth in the UK. Vedangi lugged the cycle with the heavy luggage that includes cycle tools, camping equipment and clothing in desolate stretches all alone and did not have anyone accompanying her for over 80 per cent of the route.
The certificate confirming her status as the “fastest woman in Asia to cycle across the globe” will come within five to six months, said an official from National Sports Club of India. “It is a moment of proud and joy for us. The young girl became the first Asian to achieve such a success. We will surely contact with the Sports ministry to felicitate her,” said the official.
Importantly, the world record is in the name of British adventurer Jenny Graham, 38, who had cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018.