Cap­i­tal record– Rhys’s trek makes his­tory

42,000 miles done and he’s STILL go­ing!

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Rhys LawRey, aka 2mo­ror­ider, has rid­den into the record books, smash­ing the ex­ist­ing tally for The Most Con­sec­u­tive Cap­i­tal Cities Vis­ited by Mo­tor­cy­cle.

Rid­ing his trusty Tri­umph Tiger 800XC – called Tig­ger – 23-year-old Rhys, also known by the pseu­do­nym 2mo­roR­ider, had al­ready trav­elled 42,000 miles across europe, asia, australia, New Zealand and the amer­i­cas, be­fore start­ing his record at­tempt in Mon­te­v­ideo, Uruguay. From there he headed straight to Buenos aires in ar­gentina, ar­riv­ing at easter.

To get into the record books, it states that rid­ers are not al­lowed to rest be­tween cities, only stop­ping 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 more than 50, which will take him across africa, up through europe and then home to Bri­tain this July.

Rhys and Tig­ger flew from ar­gentina 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). he equalled the cur­rent record in Maseru, in the land­locked king­dom of Le­sotho, and beat it when he reached Mba­bane, swazi­land. Then Maputo in Mozam­bique (seven), back into south africa to visit Pre­to­ria (eight), where he got stuck in a traf­fic jam, and fi­nally Gaborone in Botswana – cap­i­tal city num­ber nine.

It is nearly a year since Rhys set out from Lon­don’s ace Cafe and dur­ing that time he has trav­elled through 39 coun­tries and cov­ered more than 45,000 miles. his next des­ti­na­tion is Madrid and the be­gin­ning of the euro­pean stage, push­ing him­self and his mo­tor­cy­cle to the limit, try­ing to reach his tar­get of 52 cap­i­tals.

Rhys has pro­duced a video show­ing high­lights of his first year on the road, which can be seen here:

Rhys looks re­mark­ably fresh con­sid­er­ing he’s done so many miles at a pretty gru­elling pace.

There are ways to dry out a hel­met and then there are ways to dry out a hel­met, coolly.

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