On August 30, Kenneth Kiplang’at set a new personal cycling record. He cycled for the longest distance he has ever covered in one ride—370.17 kilometres.
From Juja to Nakuru Town, via Nairobi’s Central Business District and Naivasha, and back all in a single trip. Total time on the road: 15:10:59 hours, at an average speed of 24.4km per hour.
“I was so excited when I got back since it was the first time to do such a trip,” says Kiplang’at.
“I left home at 4 am, arrived in Nakuru at noon and I was back to Nairobi at 8.30 pm.”
The 28-year-old is an ardent cyclist. He is an ultra-distance cyclist and he had peddled for 275 kilometres before pushing further.
Kiplang’at describes his journey into cycling as an accident.
“I started cycling in 2014 as a cheap mode of transport between casual jobs during the holidays. Within no time, I found passion in the lifestyle. Now cycling is part of me,” he says.Nonetheless, 15 hours on a bike requires more than passion.“Every bike ride demands confidence and faith. Confidence that you’re in the right state of fitness to conquer the miles, and faith that you’ll return home safely,” he says.This is especially important because ultra-distance bike rides cross through sections peppered with hazards like rude motorists and bad roads. It takes mental strength to survive such unprecedented challenges.Six years on the road have done well to prepare him mentally and physically. Even so, he prepared afresh as one cannot rely on past successes.“My preparation […]