The challenge is to pedal my 3-wheel becak almost as far as driving a car (measured on Google Earth) from London to Moscow, or driving to the Western-most Turkish border from the Port de Calais.

Using the same e-mapping source, the elevation climb will be equivalent to starting at sea level, climbing to the top of Mount Everest, returning back to the sun-lounger on the beach, and then repeating the summit climb 3 more times. As I plan to record my distance and elevation in real time, we will be able to see how accurate the measurements are.
And, as far as we know this will be the first time anyone has attempted to pedal a becak the length of Sumatra – the 6th largest island in the world. It will take me through 8 provinces: starting in Aceh, on to North Sumatra, through Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Lampung, and finally across the Sunda Straits to Java and into Jakarta via Banten.

The challenge will take me through the main urban cities in Sumatra; Medan, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang and Bandar Lampung (so great exposure for any supporting corporate), as well as some lonely stretches (perhaps a little less exposure). It goes without saying, I’ll get to soak up some amazing scenery, as well as my fair share of heat, humidity and hills, but hopefully not too much smoke from the forest fires that are prevalent at this time of year.

After pedaled for 18 days, here’s the distance record each day:

DAY DISTANCE
Day 1 4,53
Day 1 111,03
Day 2 164,02
Day 3 163,61
Day 4 150,92
Day 5 147,12
Day 6 166,71
Day 7 102,95
Day 8 142,96
Day 9 131,69
Day 10 122,25
Day 11 120,11
Day 12 112,90
Day 13 102,60
Day 14 136,84
Day 15 141,47
Day 16 136,49
Day 17 122,51
Day 18 117,94

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