Egyptian endurance athlete Helmy Elsaeed has hit the headlines this summer when his team set a Guinness record for fastest cycling across Europe.
Elsaeed and four Swedish cyclists finished their 6,000 km journey from northern Russia to western Portugal 12 hours faster than the previous record holders.
The journey ran through Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain and lasted for 29 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes in total.
The cyclists were raising money and awareness for autism charities. Speaking to Reuters, Elsaeed reflected on the challenge: ‘We took the bicycles and rode them every day for 29 days until we reached the most western point in Europe which is Cabo de Roca in Portugal’.
However a former finance industry worker who became an athlete is setting now even a higher goal.
‘Me and my friends, who are involved in running and adventure, are planning to cross the whole of Egypt on foot from the most northern point to the most southern point,’ he said.
Elsaeed also hopes to take part in Winter Olympic Games. And if successful, it would be a second time for Egypt to partake in the Winter Games.
The first time was back to 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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