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British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg... on a Barbie bike

"This is the most miserable anyone has ever been on a bike this fun"...

While YouTuber Max Fosh's chosen steed — a Barbie bike suitable for a seven year old — won't be making our list of the best kids' bikes, it did make for fantastic entertainment...

The social media personality with 1.5 million subscribers, who ran for London mayor in 2021 in an unsuccessful bid to try to get more votes than Laurence Fox, set his sights on the new challenge in a video which has been watched more than 670,000 times since its release on Thursday.

Describing his 50km cycle as "unimaginable torture", Fosh had clear motivation in the form of a naysaying mate and picked the nation of Charly Gaul, the Schleck brothers and Bob Jungels due to its fairly forgiving width (you wouldn't want to traverse Australia on a kid's bike)...

"The reason why I wanted to put myself through unimaginable torture was two-fold," Fosh explained. "One, no-one has ever done it before, and two, my friend Zac said that I wouldn't be able to do it.

"The plan was simple. I was going to cycle from the small town of Martelange in Belgium to the village of Bollendorf in Germany, thus crossing the entirety of Luxembourg."

British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg on a Barbie bike (Max Fosh/YouTube)

Riding on the coldest day of the year, with temperatures expected to drop as low as -10°C, the intrepid pedaller "immediately encountered my first problem of the trip — hills, or literally any incline of any kind."

"Because the bike was so light there was no way that I could push power through the front wheel without the bike just tipping over which meant that any hill I encountered I would have to walk up," he continued.

British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg on a Barbie bike (Max Fosh/YouTube)

Many metres of walking later, and a few profanities, Fosh learned he'd covered a whopping 900m of the 50km.

"Google Maps says a normal bike rider would take two-and-a-half hours to make this journey," he told his viewers. "In reality I was crawling along having only travelled seven kilometres in a couple of hours.

British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg on a Barbie bike (Max Fosh/YouTube)

"I've been going three-and-a-half kilometres an hour which would mean it would take me 14 hours to complete the challenge. Hills out the way and I began to hit my stride but the elements were starting to get to me.

"As darkness set in I was only a third of the way into my ride and I was feeling the strain. It just hurts certain muscle groups so much because you're constantly in this little cramped position. Everything's on fire."

"I ploughed on through the night, reassessing every decision I had made. I was broken and just after the 34km mark my body had had enough. It wasn't me giving up, it was me giving up for now..."

British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg on a Barbie bike (Max Fosh/YouTube)

Taking a few hours sleep, Fosh restarted his venture at the same point at 6.48am and passed confused commuters for the final kilometres, hoping to be done in time for his flight back to London that afternoon.

British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg on a Barbie bike (Max Fosh/YouTube)

Making good progress along the flat road and cycle paths, the YouTuber was left to ask one confused local for directions to Germany before triumphantly crossing the bridge out of Luxembourg.

British YouTuber cycles 50km across Luxembourg on a Barbie bike (Max Fosh/YouTube)


Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Sredlums | 1 year ago

The bike he rode on is not the 'Barbie bike that was shown (in the box) in the store.
It was just a regular kid's bike, that just happens to be pink, but it's bigger than the one in the box.

Xenophon2 | 1 year ago
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It was obviously a publicity stunt but kudos to him for pulling it off.  I guess he walked 45 of those 50 km because whatever else it may be, it's not flat over there and in those valleys it can get bone-chillingly cold.  I rode through Luxembourg returning from Germany to Belgium via Trier on a 3 speed Brompton and even that wasn't exactly easy.

Just-A-Cyclist | 1 year ago

When I read 'YouTuber' (similar swearword to 'influencer') I knew I'd be in for a nice treat. I couldn't wait to delve into what human stupidity's got best to offer. Didn't disappoint.

OldRidgeback | 1 year ago

Err, chapeau I suppose.

chrisonabike replied to OldRidgeback | 1 year ago

Next: Togo by pogo stick?

Dyke to Whyke on a child's trike?

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