Inauspicious start to 40,000 mile odyssey

You may remember Kevin Shannon from the pages of road.cc - he's the guy that's recently set off on a 40,000 mile, three year zero emissions tour around the globe to raise £1m for the ex-servicemen charity Combat Stress. Well he's on his way, having started his epic journey on the 28th March at the Outdoors Show at the NEC, and he's already been run off the road.

There's plenty of peril awaiting Kevin in the farthest reaches of the globe but for now it seems the biggest risk is the Devon traffic. His bike trailer was hit on 11 April as he was riding on the outskirts of Paignton, sending him flying and causing £300 of damage to his bike and trailer.

“One moment I was cycling down the road and the next I was picking myself up out of the grass verge", said Kevin of the incident. "I didn’t actually know what had happened until a couple that had seen the accident filled me on the details. I think I’m quite lucky that it wasn’t more serious.” He suffered a strained ligament in his left leg, as well as cuts and bruises, and has been forced off the bike for a couple of weeks to recover.

In spite of the inauspicious start, Kevin is still upbeat about his trip and the fundraising he'll be doing for Combat Stress, the leading UK charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health. His route will take him from the UK, through western Europe, eastern Europe and into Russia and across to Siberia, then through Mongolia crossing the Gobi Desert and 
into China and Southeast Asia, and then crossing over to Australia. Then he will travel to South America and head north following the west coast until the US. From there he plans to head towards the east coast of Canada and then back to England.

The expedition is still seeking a financial sponsor and any interested parties can make contact with Kevin via his website, www.becauseitisthere.co.uk, which will also be displaying real-time updates from the trip via mapping technology and a tracking device provided by vehicle tracking firm Masternaut.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.


Mike McBeth [74 posts] 7 years ago

Errmm ... was the culprit driver caught? I think we should be told.

dave atkinson [6349 posts] 7 years ago

Just spoke to Kevin today and he's on the mend, he confirmed that it was a hit and run. "Three people stopped and got out to see if I was okay", he told me. "The driver was swerving around before he hit me apparently so I don't know if he was drunk or something."

"I went to the hospital but I didn't report it to the Police at the time. I've gone back home to recover – I can't afford to stay down in Devon – and I'll probably report it when I get back down, though it'll probably be a bit late by then"

"The swelling's going down and I'm not so sore now, when I'm fit I'll go back to Devon and start from where I left off. I'm sure I'll be able to recognise the spot, I'll just look out for the tyre marks!"

Mr Sock [156 posts] 7 years ago

What makes this worse is that Kevin can't even have been travelling very fast. It's only about 180 miles from the NEC to Teignmouth and it took him two weeks - that's about 13 miles per day.

I wish him a speedy recovery but I think Kevin might need to allow himself a bit longer than three years for the journey at that rate of travel my calculator says it'll take him 8.4 years to do 40,000 miles. Now that's a life changing trip