Sunday, 20 July 2014

Extreme cyclist tackles earths highest "most dangerous" road in world record bid

An Austrian extreme cyclist will tackle the highest and what is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Jacob Zurl (26) will attempt to be the first to set a world record for crossing the 517 km (321 miles approx) Manali-Leh-highway in India non-stop in under 48 hours A journey that is usually completed by experienced cyclists in two weeks!

Consider one of the most dangerous roads because the poor surface, the need to cross freezing streams, slush and thin air of high altitude. Also the road is so narrow in places only one vehicle can pass at a time. Added to that is the lack of infrastructure, repair service or inhabited settlements.  In addition Jacob will be tackling this at speed and fatigued after long hours in the saddle.

The Manali-Leh-highway, Ladakh in Himachal Pradesh state crosses some of the world's highest motorable mountain passes and culminating on the Khardung La at 5359m (17,500 ft approx). 

When:  Beginning Monday August 
4th., 2014 

Where: Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India


Media enquiries to Tom Burns

Monday, 14 July 2014

Indian man to drive self-built solar tuk tuk India to UK demonstrating green transport

Naveen Rabelli announceed today (Monday July 14, 2014) his plan to drive his solar tuk tuk /  autorickshaw from Bangalore, India to London, England. He plans to travel 10,000 km (nearly 6,230 miles) and traverse 10 countries. Naveen's Tuk Tuk-Tejas, will run on solar and electricity and will have 0 emissions. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of a sustainable low cost alternative transport solution for tens of millions of people in Asia and beyond.

Naveen began working on his ‘tuk tuk’ over two years ago which has resulted in a vehicle that can travel 80 km (nearly 50 miles) when charged for eight hours. Also with 5 hours of exposure to the sun, it can run for another 25 km (nearly 16 miles). This has been achieved through many of hours of design and construction work, with a limited budget and the support of local mechanics and body fabricator.

Media enquiries to: Tom Burns

You can see links to some media coverage is here:

Chicago Tribune,0,7466668.story

NDTV (India)

Economic Times (India)

De Telegraaf (Holland)

Yahoo News

Jakarta Globe

IBN (India)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Pilot aims to be youngest to fly around the world

Matt Guthmiller is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly around the world. He has been working toward this record since he was a child and did his first flight at the age of 16 at home in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

While presently a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Matt is a self-taught software engineer who first began writing code at around 12 years old. Not long after that started one of the very first iPhone unlocking businesses in 2007. By second level school he had moved on to producing algorithms that could predict crude oil prices and using supercomputers to analyse stock trades.

Matt's flight is supporting, non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of colour.

Some some media coverage achieved below:

Boston Globe

Le Figaro

Times of India

MailOnline / Daily Mail (UK)

La Razon

NDTV (India)

Washington Post

Brisbane Times (Australia)

Straits Times (Singapore)

Monday, 23 June 2014

1,000s of jugglers from across the globe gather for circus arts convention

What: The world’s largest juggling and circus arts event the 'European Juggling Convention' (EJC) which takes place mid-July. It not only attracts thousands of jugglers it also sees the arrival of large numbers of aerial acrobats from all over the world. In fact EJC attracts worlds most talented and respected circus and juggling artists who will arrive from the USA, Australia, Germany, the UK, France, Argentina, New Zealand. 

The week long event will feature the 'Juggling Legends' who have gained their reputation through amazing and beautiful performances or groundbreaking ideas. A number have writing books and do unbelievable tricks and slick routines.  EJC events also include:
  • ‘Juggling Olympics’, the circus skills games some activities involving significant skill, such as 5-ball or 7-ball endurance juggling
  • A full scale circus show hosted every evening
  • Workshops and master classes from circus artists and jugglers of international renown 
  • A monster parade of of attendees to show of their skills to the local community
When: 19th to the 26th July 2014

Where: Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland


Media enquiries to:
 Tom Burns

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Brit ends 8,000 mile environ trip to Easter Island running & cycling part of the way

Susie Stephen has completed her 8,000 mile journey running (the UK), cycling (S. America) and flying in between from the UK to Easter Island. The finish will be a marathon size run on the Easter Island. 
Susie had the goal of carrying out an environmental study and re-trace the 1914 anthropological study journey undertaken by Katherine Routledge focused on Polynesia. 

After running much of the length (800 miles) of the England followed by a flight to Argentina to cycle nearly 1,000 miles across S. America.  There she was challenged by cold and thin air of the Andes and thirst and heat of the high desert.

Susie is an environmental scientist, marathon runner and yogi and has already and is carrying environmental research on her trip. She is a real internationalist as she lives in Hawaii, was born and brought up in the UK and went to college in Colorado, USA.

You can view a video of her in S. America here

Media enquiries to Tom Burns

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Aussie could ride jet board up to 500 km/h. in world record attempt

Australian Daz (The Cowboy) Fellows announced details of his attempt to break the Guinness world land speed record for the fastest powered streetluge. His streetluge, a man-sized skateboard, has the added bonus of two jet engines with afterburners creating a ‘jet luge”. Daz hopes to beat the current record of nearly 190 km/h (120mph) by a factor of two+ while using only his feet as breaks! Daz is well prepared for the record through years of stunt work in TV and streetluge in Australia. He made the announcement in Windsor, NSW on May 26th, 2014.

Daz, who has prepared for the record attempt through 17 years of street luge, will be riding a body hugging aerodynamic custom-built carbon fibre luge. It was designed and assembled by him working in conjunction with his team, which involved hundreds of hours of design and testing.  They have spent the last 18 months building the board from scratch with Daz spending over Aus$70,0000 of his money on the venture.

Daz’s record attempt will be done in the cooler months of the Australian Winter between April and August 2015. This is to help keep running temperatures down and maximise thrust output. His jet luge is 2998mm (9.84ft) long from nose to tail on which Daz attached afterburners to increase the power by up to 44%. In fact his 12 wheel jet powered luge has the power to travel at speeds of up to 500 km/h.  His unusual ground-hugging mode of transport can only be stopped by him dragging his feet!

Speaking about his record attempt Daz said ”I want to inspire, educate and encourage people of all ages to chase their dreams, push personnel limits. I am also supporting Westmead Children’s hospital. In risking mine, hopefully I can raise funds to help save many young lives. Without the help of the Westmead Children’s Hospital many years ago I wouldn't be here today.“

For more detail, including a technical spec of the jet luge, and enquiries from the media email Tom Burns at

Video of Daz's announcement goes viral and is picked up by 93 media networks worldwide. See some of the links to media coverage below.

Metro (UK)

Motherboard (US)

Der Spiegel (Germany)


Sky News (UK)

Stern (Germant)

NDTV (China)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Jelly fish mysteries unravelled through stunning visuals on 30,000 mile ocean voyage

Announcing details of 30,000 nautical miles (55,000 km or 35,000 miles) oceanographic expedition to examine the little researched life of gelatinous plankton including jelly fish. The lives of gelatinous plankton are mystery, even to scientists who devote years studying their secretive habits. What is particularly unique about this venture is that will attempt to popularise their science by multimedia broadcasting the visually stunning results of their work. Also they will share their research focusing on gelatinous plankton's importance in the ocean food chain.

Titled Aquatilis Expedition this venture will set sail in 2015 on a three-year journey. It will be lead by Alexander Semenov, a marine biologist and underwater photographer, who's work has featured in the international media already.  The team will be travelling in a 70 ft custom-built, self-sufficient expedition vessel which is fully equipped for long-term navigation through oceans. This epic voyage will be partially financed through crowdfunding and the Aquatilis Expedition team are now calling for support.
Media enquiries to