Vedangi Kulkarni is a 19 year old cyclist who will attempt to be the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world unsupported, by bicycle.
The plan is to cycle up to 200 miles per day and make it around the world within 100 days, starting in June 2018 both setting off and finishing in Perth, Australia.
She has begun a campaign, called #StepUpAndRideOn to promote the importance of being brave, facing your fears and conquering them in order to grow as an individual. In essence, this is to promote a new generation of adventurers who find their limits and break them time and time again.
Vedangi has always been extremely adventurous and choosing to settle for something mainstream has been out of her interest. She's always wanted to write her own book, make her own film, have her own thing and be a brand herself.
She's come a long way from being a teenager lacking the courage to express efficiently due to her ongoing battle with depression to being a confident 19 year old, planning this attempt where she'd cycle 18000 miles around the world unsupported, in 100 days, filming it all the way as she rides.
In March 2016 she had a head injury which could have resulted in her not being able to study abroad in the university she wished for as the accident happened during her exams. In spite of that, she managed to, not only get a decent grade, but to also get an admission in the university with a 50% scholarship. It was around the same time that she took up cycling as a way of finding her freedom and purpose. After cycling across the Himalayas solo at the age of 17, she got carried away by this freedom and her journey into the world of adventure cycling began, when she moved into another country for her undergraduate education. At 18, she managed to cycle the length of the UK without much money and inadequate kit in the month of April, self supported, and that adventure followed by her registering herself for cycling London-Edinburgh-London 2017. During this was when she actually realised her dream of cycling around the world and breaking the current record.The more she trained, the more she fell in love with the fact that she needed to set a proper benchmark for unsupported cycling around the world. That's where the concept of doing it in 100 days came up and now she's setting off for the same in June 2018! The fact this 19 year old woman is doing it unsupported averaging 200 miles a day and filming it as she goes may make it all sound a bit overwhelming, but as Vedangi says, "It's difficult, not impossible!" and of course, it'll seem so until it's done- that's how adventurers live!
"Vedangi is taking on the Everest of bike journeys, the circumnavigation World Record, and at such a young age is out to prove that anyone can dream big and take on such tenacious adventures. I salute her careful planning, passion to inspire others and sheer determination to ride."
"We're super excited here about Vedangi's record attempt, and we are really pleased to be able to support her attempt with our ISEN Workshop All Road Bike. This journey is a huge undertaking, but having met and personally ridden with Vedangi – I think if anyone's up to the challenge it's her!! We can't wait to follow her journey accross the continents this summer!"