|Posted by Stephen Peel - Adventure Travel - Cycling Around the World on October 22, 2016 at 2:10 PM|
What Constitutes a True Circumnavigation of the Earth in Cycling?
"the journey should be continuous and in one general direction (East to West or West to East), that the minimum distance ridden should be 18,000 miles (29,000 km), and that the total distance travelled by the bicycle and rider should exceed an Equator's length, i.e. 24,900 miles (40,100 km)." and "Any considerable distance travelled opposite to the direction of the attempt must be discounted from any calculations of the overall distance travelled, and that the route must be ridden through two approximate antipodal points."
Now these are rules set out by Guinness World Records, for those wishing to complete a circumnavigation in the fastest time, or in different circumstances, but for a person who just wants to feel he/she has completed a True circumnavigation, then following these same rules would be a good idea, but that said, when wanting to do it for fun, or as an adventure without time restraints, including 2 antipodal points, finish in the place you started, and go either East to West or West to East, visiting any countries and places you want, in an around the world cycle is really all that you would want to include, and even then, it’s up to the person. And who would really want to do something for fun that includes have to follow strict rules?
Antipodal points on the Earth, are exact opposite locations if you were to drill exactly right through from one side of the Earth to the other. So for example I have tried to show this in the image with the Blue Lines showing antipodal cities: Seville Spain and Auckland New Zealand and another Blue Line showing Lima Peru and Bangkok Thailand. Of course there are many major cities that fall almost exactly as antipodal points.
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