Some people dream, and go past the point of no return to achieve their dreams. One such dreamer is Vedangi Kulkarni, a 20 year old girl from a suburb Pune who paddled around the globe within 159 days to become the fastest Asian female to have cycled across the globe.
As she paddled through the city of Kolkata on Sunday, Vedangi Kulkarni broke Asia’s record of cycling around the globe and has become the fastest Asian female to do so. She will now be taking the earliest flight to reach Perth and cycle a 15 kilometre distance to reach the same place from where she started her journey. The certificate for being the “fastest woman in Asia to cycle across the globe” will be awarded to her within a time span of five to six months, according to the official announcement of National Sports Club of India. However, a British adventurer named Jenny Graham, 38, still holds the record of being the fastest woman to cycle across the globe with only 124 days.
But the epic feat did not come easy for Vedangi, as she had spent 159 days spent peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries to finish her journey. As Vedangi shares the story of her journey, she told that her visa processing was delayed, which delayed her departure and consequently she had to face weather hostilities in Europe where winter had started setting in. Then incidents like having to sleep alone on the streets of London, cycling through forest fires, being chased by bear and was robbed at knife-point, made the journey a much bigger challenge for 20 year old Pune girl.
Vedangi did not have anyone accompanying her for over 80 per cent of the route and she had to lug the cycle with the heavy luggage that includes cycle tools, camping equipment and clothing in desolate stretches all alone. The journey started with a short flight took her across the international dateline to Western Canada’s Vancouver, from where she continued her eastward journey till Halifax, a port city; and then to Europe, cycling through Portugal, Spain France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland to enter Russia. Vedangi did not have anyone accompanying her for over 80 per cent of the route, but her will to see the world, and communicate with people kept her going.