To hell and bike

The Global Bicycle Race is a gruelling test of physical and mental endurance which knows no equals, writes Fearghal O'Nuallain.

1st January, 2012
To hell and bike
Vin Cox, founder of the Global Bicycle Race in Utah. Photo: Vin Cox

Picture this: you've been cycling 200 kilometres on a heavily laden bike through head winds and sandstorms since dawn. Your bowels have been stirring since that questionable curry you had for lunch at a roadside stall. It's getting dark and you're pitching your tent in a desert. Fourteen hours in the sun, and your face and neck are burnt. Your calves feel like they've been replaced with cement implants and your hips, neck and back...

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