Recently described by Radio 2 as Britain’s favourite lunatic, endurance athlete and Solar Technology Ambassador Sean Conway has done it! He has set a new world record for the fastest, unsupported crossing of Europe by bicycle. Sean has broken the world record by 9 hours after cycling 3,980 miles (6,405 kilometres) in 24 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes. Sean cycled across Europe starting from Cabo da Roca on the west coast of Portugal and finished in Ufa in Russia. Sean arrived in Ufa at 15.40 local time.
Sean takes the title from Jonas Deichmann who cycled 6,450km 25 days, 3 hours and 38 minutes in July last year. At the time, this was 5 days faster than the Guinness World Record holder, James McLaren who cycled from Ufa to Cabo da Roca in 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes.
This is Sean’s second attempt at the world record. In August 2017 Sean was making exceptional progress covering 800 miles in 4 days when he sustained an injury forcing him to withdraw. This time around, passing through the point in the Pyrenees where he withdrew last year was his highest moment emotionally.
In 24 days, Sean has cycled across nine countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Russia). Travelling unsupported at all times, Sean has cycled for 16 hours a day, slept rough on 19 occasions and showered just 4 times. Madness may have set in when in Portugal, he picked up a hitchhiker he named Pedro. The animal skull travelled with him all the way to the finish line. Arguably an odd decision when he travelled without a tent and cut off the end of his toothbrush just to save weight. A key piece of his equiipment was a Freeloader SiXER solar battery charger to power his phone and navigation equipment.
Sean said, “After 6 years, 3 failed attempts and 60,000 miles, I have finally achieved a cycling world record!”
Sean Conway: Born in Gloucester and now living in Cumbria, Sean is not new to challenges like this. In 2015, he became the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. In 2016 he completed a 4,000-mile ultra-triathlon, which circumnavigated the entire coast of Britain.
Climbing challenges don’t get much tougher than the legendary Snow Leopard Award and here at Solar Technology we are delighted to be supporting adventurer and mountaineer Mansel Kersey as he embarks on his record-breaking feat.
The Award originated as a Soviet mountaineering accolade and is now recognised in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The aim is to summit five peaks – all 7,000m plus high – in the mountains of Russia in just 30 days. By conquering this challenge, Mansel will be the first British climber to achieve the sought-after mountaineering award.
Mansel will be relying on our solar powered Freeloader SiXER to charge his phone and camera during the climbs when he spends days away from mains power.
As the lightest and most compact solar battery pack on the market (129 x 76 x 23mm), the Freeloader SiXER weighs in at just 260g and comfortably fits into a pocket when not in use. Benefiting from an integrated solar panel and a storage capacity of 6000mAH, the device can fully charge an iPhone three times.
“We are going to be putting all our equipment to the ultimate test,” explains Mansel. “Temperatures may well drop to minus 30 degrees centigrade, and in our experience so far, the SiXER has been brilliant. We know we can rely on it to generate the power we need which is vital when we are likely to encounter some very difficult conditions.”
In preparation for the ultimate Snow Leopard Award later in the summer, Mansel is practising on mountains throughout Europe in the coming months including:
· March – Welsh Three Peaks – Pen y Fan Cadair Idris and Snowdon
· April – UK Three peaks – Snowdon, Scar Fell and Ben Nevis plus Pen y Fan
· May – Atlas Mountains
· June – Alpine Trilogy – Eiger, Matterhorn and the Grandes Jorasses, plus Mount Blanc
Mansel will keep us up to date with live progress reports and photos. Do follow us on Facebook @solartechnologyinternational and Twitter @solartechint for the very latest news.
More information about the Snow Leopard Award can be found at http://www.thesnowleopardaward.co.uk/
Great news again this year at the BETA 2016 show - our NEW Solar Arena Light has been crowned winner of it's category at the Innovation Awards - as you can imagine we're all very pleased with this accolade!
It will definitely take pride of place next to the award we won there last year for our SolarHub 16 Stable Light!
Britain's best-selling caravan magazine, Practical Caravan, has joined forces with Solar Technology to offer one of our great HUBi portable solar chargers free to a lucky reader in its latest competition.
The crew at Freeloader are delighted to confirm that extreme adventurer and all round cool dude, Sean Conway has chosen Freeloader as his only power source for his #runseansun challenge.
This epic journey comes right on the back of his record breakings swim around the coast of Britain and will see Sean run the entire length of Britain (1000 miles) over hills and valleys (not on roads). Sean will be fully self-supported so no hotels, no support crews in fact no outside help at all! Naturally, he will be posting regular blogs and pics and will be using a GPS for navigation, all of which demands power. The all new Freeloader range is providing the power!
Follow Sean’s adventures on Facebook – Sean Conway. #runseanrun #poweryouradventures