€5,314.00raised of €9,500.00 goal goal
Hi, and thank you for visiting this crowdfunding page. Since 2013 I have rolled through life in a wheelchair after my legs got paralyzed in a traffic accident. Recently my leg's muscles have improved drastically after several intensive periods of rehab, and I now can walk further than I have in almost ten years. Today I need your help to realize one of my life goals: break the World Record of the Longest Hand Bike ride ever driven.
Support + share this campaign and help me to realize this important life goal through the contribution of you and your friends!
April 2013. After being involved in a traffic accident in Thailand, I got an operation on my broken back and was repatriated to my home country Belgium. Over there Belgian doctors could only note that their Thai colleagues had done a professional job and that their findings were similar. A short week later, I left the hospital and entered a rehabilitation center. I worked hard and learned to live life all over. Two months and a half later, I got the message that I could head home.
My life could start again, although now in a wheelchair. Since that day, I have made it my goal to live an active life, as I did before my accident. I am co-founder of the app On Wheels, which serves as a city guide for people in a wheelchair. More than 22000 locations have been mapped in more than 7 Belgian cities.
Ever since ending up in a wheelchair, I was intrigued by the fact that efforts can break boundaries, that sitting on wheels can bring you into new worlds. Being still young and seeing the strength in my arms progress, I started to think: how would it be to break the world record of the longest journey by hand bike, which is a hand-cranked bicycle. Now I want to realize this life goal and have set the deadline to break the standing world record of 5421,34 km in June of 2022.
It gives me a 'butterflies in the stomach' type of enthusiasm to know that I can get out of my wheelchair, into my hand bike and head into the outdoors to undertake a journey that was never done before. This world record expedition will take off in the US state of Alaska, in Fairbanks. From there, we (my partner Chiara Maffina & me, more about her below) will head south. Los Angeles, South California being the final destination.
I am deeply inspired by the world-changing towards a more accessible environment. A change led by the development of emerging technology, a progressive social movement and new mobility infrastructure. With The Broken Record Project, I want to be an active part of that movement. Make my contribution to a world that becomes more accessible.
Why do I want to undertake this Project?
1. Record Breaking
Ever since ending up in a wheelchair I was intrigued by the fact that efforts can break boundaries, that sitting on wheels can bring you into new worlds. Seeing the strength in my arms progress, I started to think: how would it be to break the world record of the longest journey by hand bike, which is a hand-cranked bicycle. Now I want to realize this life goal.
Life with a disability can be a burden at times. But it also gives an enormous drive to make progress and work with the possibilities you are offered. This expedition has at its heart this first goal: creating awareness for the strength that I have. The strength that lies within people with a disability.
I want to create awareness for sustainable travel on our planet. I want to prove the world that great deeds can be achieved with a positive mindset, without having a negative impact on our environment by using human power to move my hand bike across a continent.
With my hand bike, I want to break through this limitation and go out and explore the world. See new places, meet new people and move through the natural world. Break imaginary boundaries, break the standing world record.
How am I preparing for this project?
1. Indoor Training
The past years I have consistently kept up with weekly training, 5 days per week. This training is made up of one hour of indoor rowing & a variety of core muscle exercises.
2. Hand bike training
For the past year I have been training in a light weight Tiarrow handbike which is a titanium three-wheeled bike that allows the rider to move forward by cranking the two handles by hand. This mechanism works the same way a conventional bike works, the only difference being that my arms do the work instead of my legs.
Training with the hand bike consists of performing non-stop, short interval distances between 30 -70km. This training is performed on a variety of terrains: including altitude alterations, long stretches of flat terrain and a combination of both.
3. The Right Pace
Long distance athletic performances require a well calculated daily performance that does not exceed a certain daily distance in order to avoid straining muscles. Maintaining the right pace is key in succeeding the expedition.
4. The Right Team
This expedition can not be undertaken without the proper travel & cycling partner. One of my close friends Chiara Maffina will join me in this venture. She is physically fit, trained & learned to ride a bike at the age of three. Together we will be able to divide the load of the gear that we need to bring. Share the daily tasks such as cooking, setting up camp, breaking up camp, daily planning & moral support.
Support and Share
In order to be able to realize this great project, I am kindly asking you to give a contribution to our campaign. If you are not able to support me, you can help by sharing the campaign through social media, email or just by talking about it to your friends or family.
If every person who reads this shares it with five people, we will reach its goal in no time.
A final word of thanks
I wish to thank the Funds Emilie Leus, a great organisation that has supported me several times with contributions to things I needed to purchase like a wheelchair for example. One of those donations was the high-end titanium frame hand bike, that I will use for this project. More info on the organisation can be found at; https://www.fondsemilieleus.be/
I wish to thank all the people who supported my previous campaigns with donations in the past, the people who reached out and spoke words of encouragement support.
It is one of my dreams in this life to break this record, and I hope you are willing to help out. Contribute, like or share!
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this text till the very end.
Have a great day,
- Michiel Desmet
- Campaign Owner
Mission Accomplished!Update posted by Michiel Desmet at 11:10 pm
Hi everyone, it's been long time since we posted an update on Gogetfunding, so here it goes!We started cycling on the 22nd of June and have since crossed Alaska, Yukon, British Colombia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California. Soon we will be in Mexico.Most of you will already be aware of
One Month before we hit the road...Update posted by Michiel Desmet at 06:58 pm
Hi everyone, it's been a while since we have given you an update on our project Vid Expedition: breaking the world record of the longest hand bike ride that has ever been done.In the bookshelves in the picture below you can see all of the gear we have bought and. . . . .
Campaign Extended!Update posted by Michiel Desmet at 01:26 pm
Hi everyone, finally a long overdue update: We have been working hard at getting this project on track: daily training, getting our bikes in topshape, getting all the stuff we need and making sure we can fit it all on the bikes, mapping out where we will go and how. . . . .
18 days to go!Update posted by Michiel Desmet at 10:09 am
Hi everyone, we have 18 days to go, an update! The past week we have gathered over €1200 from donations, sponsors and offline donations. Our total sum gathered is over €6100 and we are in full preparation: flights to Anchorage have been bought, we are gathering all the material we
28 percent backedUpdate posted by Michiel Desmet at 01:19 am
Today I am super stoked to announce that the campaign is 28 percent backed, counting over €400 donated offline. I want to thank everyone for all the words of encouragement, the donations, but most of all for believing in this project. It's about breaking the record, but most of all
Sunday afternoon UpdateUpdate posted by Michiel Desmet at 01:47 pm
5 days the campaign has been live. Very close to 20 percent backed. I want to thank everyone for having donated. At the moment I am in contact with Belgian Radio 2, who is considering to give the campaign attention during one of their programs. More info to follow soon,
48h Campaign updateUpdate posted by Michiel Desmet at 07:21 pm
The past 48h have been great. The campaign passed €1000 en is now standing at €1194. 11 percent backed. In this update I want to ask you if you could take a moment of your time and reach out to people through email. Social media has a short focus span,
Campaign has been online 24h; an updateUpdate posted by Michiel Desmet at 01:13 pm
24h ago the campaign launched. What has happened so far? 11 backers. 700€ donated. 51 days to go. Thanks to everyone for your support and words of encouragement!