The virtual bicycle drawn by Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi is 600 miles across and covers seven countries. Faced by the threat of the climate emergency, some people recycle more, or turn down the central heating thermostat a notch. Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi drew a 600-mile wide GPS bicycle across Europe . While accompanied by their dog.
The couple gave up their jobs as physics researchers to undertake the 4,500-mile cycle trip through seven countries, a route painstakingly planned to plot the outline of a giant bicycle over the continent.
Speaking to the Guardian from Switzerland, en route back to their home in Piedmont, north Italy, the Anglo-Italian pair said their hope had been to draw attention to the scale of climate breakdown and persuade people to think about using bikes instead of cars for shorter trips.
The journey has won them three somewhat niche world records: the largest GPS drawing ever made, the biggest such image drawn only by cycling, and – perhaps unsurprisingly – the biggest bicycle ever drawn.
While the actual cycling took about four months overall, it has been a much longer quest. Beginning in the summer of 2019, they had to stop because Casiraghi, 40, suffered a knee injury. A return to the route that November had to be halted because it was too cold to camp. A plan to finish it in March 2020 was then scuppered by Covid.
“Being able to see it on the map is mainly a relief,” said Casiraghi. “We had so many […]