Promote Bike Usage On a Global Scale
My chief aim in riding what is perhaps the most rugged and difficult ‘trail’ on Earth is to communicate to the world a simple message: “Your bike can take you anywhere you’d like to go.” If I can traverse the Himalayas on a bike then anyone can ride their bike to work—and so many other places. The bicycle, one of humankind’s noblest inventions, has come through numerous immense evolutions in recent decades. E- bikes, gravel bikes, extremely efficient mountain bikes, velomobiles, fat bikes, and full suspension trikes have exploded onto the market and gotten millions of people into cycling for the first time. The pandemic has encouraged people to recreate away from crowds, generating still more new cycling enthusiasts. I wish to inspire further millions of people to get on their bikes and ride for a healthier planet.
Promote Ecotourism With “Bike and Hike”
As countries open their borders after the pandemic traveling will likely resume at a breakneck pace, causing emission rates to skyrocket worldwide. In order to avoid this, new guidelines must be created for how we travel as a global community and we must begin by building awareness of the problem. As such, I am dedicating this world first expedition to raising awareness about less impactful ways to travel our Earth in the hopes that we can rescue our planet from the brink of environmental disaster. This is my heart’s greatest desire.
Bring Attention To the Himalayan Nations
The people of the Himalayas live an extremely challenging life in some of the most remote places on Earth. They lack basic infrastructure and health and human services that we in the west would consider essential to life. I plan to produce a series of videos about their lives and culture that also illustrates the impact of tourism and climate change on them. While I will cross several internationally recognized borders, the people of the Himalayas deserve recognition together as a highly unique group of like-minded tribes and mountain peoples with much in common. I will carry the white flag of peace with me throughout my journey to greet those of all nationalities with and to represent my journey as one to unite humankind for the common good of all.
Swiss bicycle manufacturer Koba is providing two bicycles for the expedition, one for me and one for the expedition’s media manager who will join me at key points along the route to capture photos and videos of the journey. The bikes are constructed completely of carbon fiber, which will allow for carrying over large portions of the route that will not be passable by bicycle. I estimate that I will be carrying the bike on my back for approximately 25% of the route. I will ship parcels of food and supplies to points along the route so that they are waiting for me when I arrive. I also plan to purchase much of my food in village shops and groceries along the way, and thus will limit my cooking gear to the minimum required.