A 13-year-old boy and his bicycle facing an inhospitable continent, 2768 miles, searing heat, and ferocious winds.
Starting 3rd March 2017, Si-am Juntakereket, from Bodmin in Cornwall UK, is cycling across Australia from Sydney to Perth in just 32 days.
Averaging 90 – 100 miles a day in soaring temperatures, he will attempt to set a new British Record for the youngest Briton to cycle across Australia, and a fantastic new World Record for the fastest crossing of Australia on a bicycle by a child.
My name is Si-am. I’m thirteen years old. I don’t want to be glued to my smartphone, I want real life adventure!
I’ve always loved sport, adventure and challenging myself. About a year ago, my triathlon coach and renowned endurance athlete, Bob Brown, mentioned he was thinking of cycling across Australia again (he’s done it before, he’s even run across!). After training I told my mum that I’d like to do it. Jokingly, my mum told Bob about it the next morning before swim training. Straight away Bob replied “Course he can do it!” And so the challenge was set!
So what makes me believe I can do it? Well, I’ve trained hard to get ready physically. Mentally, I’m also strong. Too often in life people find reasons not to try something. Bob’s motto is: ‘Don’t limit your challenges… challenge your limits.’ Starting 3rd March, I’ll be doing just that and with your help raising money for some great charities. I want to encourage people my age to just go outdoors and explore and seek adventure. There’s an amazing world beyond the front door. We just have to open it.