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article imageExtreme cyclist completes 530 kms in Himalayas in under 39 hours

By Sravanth Verma     Aug 12, 2014 in Travel
Austrian extreme cyclist Jacob Zurl cycled over 530 kilometers (330 miles) of the Himalayas in just 38 hours and 40 minutes, the fastest-ever time. His team has officially applied to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Zurl is among the world’s youngest extreme cyclists at 26, having turned professional in 2010. His route began at the hill-station of Manali at 11 a.m. on August 4, and ended at Khardungla Pass on August 6 at 1:40 a.m. The route traveled through the high-altitude Rohtang Pass, Baralachala Pass, Naakila Pass, Lachulungla Pass, Tanglangla Pass and Khardungla Pass.
Zurl's support team included his mother and coach Brigitte Zurl, father and event organizer Paul Zurl, girlfriend and nutritionist Greta Hametner, Harald Reinbacher, who has worked with several extreme atheletes on various projects, and documentary film-maker Raoul Kopacka. Logistics for the journey were provided by Rimo Expeditions, an Indian adventure travel company.
Business Standard reports that only 50 percent of the route was asphalt, and the rest of the route included crossing icy streams and slushy areas. His crew conducted hourly tests of his oxygen saturation levels to ensure his body was not under overwhelming stress.
Zurl thanked his girlfriend Greta for supporting him in completing the journey, which generally takes two weeks to finish.
Zurl has several extreme cycling trophies to his credit. In 2014, he won the Glocknerman, a 1,015 kilometer non-stop bike race from Graz, Austria, which winds over Austria's mountains, including Austria’s highest mountain, the “Grossglockner,” twice. He also holds the world record for cycling the most vertical meters, 28,789, in 48 hours.
The Himalayas are one of the most prominent features of the geography of India, and contain 95 peaks over 7500 meters altitude. The thin air and cold temperatures make such extreme athletic feats especially difficult and hazardous. They are also an important part of the culture and spiritual ethos of the subcontinent, and many temples and shrines are located in the mountains.
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