Benify’s very own superstar Jonas Deichmann (30) yesterday became the world record holder for making the fastest cycle across Europe – cycling 6450 km in just 25 days 3 hours and 38 minutes – and smashing the previous record by almost 5 days!
Jonas, who is part of Benify’s Munich office, broke the record as part of the Eurasia Challenge. The mammoth challenge will see him make history by becoming the first person ever to cycle the entire length of Eurasia – from Capo da Roca (Portugal) to Vladivostok (Russia) in fewer than 70 days.
Arriving in Ufa (Russia) at 3.38 pm local time, as part of the first leg of the challenge, Jonas was greeted by scores of the national media who were eager for an interview with the new world record holder.
Jonas’ world record cycle is sponsored by Benify – and colleagues from Benify’s Munich and Stockholm offices have been supporting Jonas throughout the challenge. The new world record holder was given a hero’s welcome as he passed through Munich – even having time to fuel up on a breakfast feast of home-made Schwäbische Maultaschen at the office!
Not everything has been plain sailing, however. Along the way, Jonas has so far been tested by sweltering conditions, poor roads, pot holes and even a bike collapse in the Czech Republic.
Speaking about the challenges, Jonas said “In Spain, the temperatures would often reach a high of 40 degrees. I was drinking up to 12 litres of water daily just to compensate.”
“The frame on my bike also gave way just as I was approaching the Polish border in the Czech Republic. To make the record, I had to run with my bike for 26 km to the nearest town, Opava – even though I was offered a ride several times by kind motorists on the way. Luckily, even though the town was small, it just so happened to have a few bike shops which were open on a Saturday.”
Jonas will now continue his cycle for a further 10 000 km to Vladivostok, where he hopes to break the Eurasian cycling record in fewer than 70 days. Jonas says, “I can’t wait for the next chapter of my challenge. The real adventure begins in Siberia.”
Markus Kullendorff, CEO of Benify, yesterday congratulated Jonas on his new world record: “Jonas’ achievement is fantastic. He’s a real champion of our core values and we’re proud to support him. From everybody at Benify, I’d like to congratulate him on his new world record and wish him luck for the next chapter of his challenge.”
Jonas is raising money for the TDA Global Cycling Foundation – a humanitarian organization which provides bicycles to healthcare and community development workers in Africa and India. You can support Jonas by visiting his Fundrazr page here.
Follow Jonas in the next chapter of his challenge by visiting www.EurasiaChallenge.com.
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