Irishman aims to cycle around the world

Irishman aims to cycle around the world

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Helen Vaughan

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Dubliner Dermot Higgins is hoping to become the oldest person to cycle around the world when he retires in summer 2017. At 55, he’s aiming to be the oldest person to complete the journey of around 44,000kms.


Dermot will retire from his career as a school teacher on Friday July 30 2017 and will start his global journey that day, leaving his home in Rush in north county Dublin.



 

Dermot’s background
 

He has a background in running and kayaking and has recently got into endurance cycling in preparation for his challenge. He got into running later in his life and managed to go under 3 hours in his first marathon. He later joined Clonliffe Harriers and did a 2.30 marathon - pretty quick!

 

He later got into endurance through triathlon, sea swimming, trail running and kayaking.

 

In 2012, Dermot and his son Fionn paddled from Dublin to Donegal via the Royal Canal, paddling for around 10 hours a day in a double kayak. 

 

The challenge
 

Dermot wants to become the oldest person to cycle around the world, a journey of around 44,000km, and he aims to complete it in under 9 months. He’ll be supported by his wife, Isobel, and his 15-year-old son Fionn in a campervan. He’ll also have a team at home handling issues like visas, finances, navigation and social media updates.

 

He plans to cycle around 160km a day, with one rest day a week. His target to finish the challenge is Easter Sunday, April 1 2018.

 

The route
 

He leaves on 30 July 2017 and will cycle through Europe to south east Asia, via Turkey, and Iran. His route will take him along Australia’s east coast arriving in Melbourne for Christmas 2017. He’ll then cycle the length of New Zealand, across the US, before flying to Spain and cycling back to Ireland from there.

You can read his blog & track his progress on his website.

 

The charity
 

He’s aiming to raise around €50,000 for the aid organisation, Trócaire. Dermot also wants to highlight the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development as he travels around the world. He plans to visit schools, local projects and other organisations to spread the UN's message around ending extreme poverty and tackling climate change.






Previous kayaking expedition

You can read Dermot's account of his kayaking expedition from Dublin to Donegal here

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