Rhys Lawrey (a.k.a. @2mororider) cracks on with the last stretch of his record breaking ride…
The 23-year old has already travelled 42,000 miles across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas on his Triumph Tiger 800XC called Tigger. Having reached Montevideo in Uruguay he began his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “The Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited by Motorcycle”.
Riders are not allowed to rest between cities, they may only stop for fuel, the toilet and/or borders, which is why the current record is just five capitals, (all in Central America). Rhys has set his sights much higher, aiming for a grand total of 52, which will take him across Africa, up through Europe, arriving home in Britain this July.
He reached Buenos Aires, capital city number two, at Easter. In order to qualify for the record, both rider and bike must be photographed in front of a landmark in the city centre. This is not always straightforward, as Rhys explains;
“I did arrive at the Government Building when a protest was happening, so had to get a quick photo and leave, but ticked it off none the less.”
From Argentina Lawrey and Tigger fly to Cape Town in South Africa for the next stage and his longest day in the saddle yet – the 630-mile journey from Cape Town to Bloemfontein. South Africa is unique in having three capital cities; Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Pretoria (administrative). However, the distance between them is so great that it does not offer any significant advantage. When Rhys reaches Mbabane, Swaziland, he will have beaten the existing record and from there he will be pushing himself and his motorcycle to the limit, trying to reach his target of 52 capitals.
Rhys has produced a video to explain the rules governing the Guinness World Record and why it is so challenging for a solo rider.