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Vedangi Kulkarni becomes the fastest Asian to cycle around the globe in 159 days

Vedangi Kulkarni is the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. The 20-year-old cycled a distance of 29,000 kms in 159 days.
29,000 kms is the distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe
Vedangi's speed is up to 300 km/day and she has covered 14 countries.
She is pursuing a degree in sports management from University of Bournemouth, UK.
She started preparing for the ride about two years ago. Preparations included long cycle rises, getting the equipment including a specially crafted cycle, planning the route and time window.
In July 2018, she started her journey from Perth, cycling across Australia to Brisbane. Then she flew to Wellington, New Zealand to cover the entire country.
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.
Vedangi then chose to go to Iceland and later cycled through Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland to enter Russia.
From Russia, she flew to India for completing the last 4,000 kms. Vedangi entered Kolkata on December 23 from where she flew out to Perth.
Her journey ends with her cycling 15 kms to reach the same place from where she started. Vedangi was alone for over 80 percent of her journey and her ride was funded majorly by her parents.
British adventurer Jenny Graham is the fastest woman to have cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018.