This February, professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch and full time adventurer Patrick Sweeney will ride to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, to raise funds and awareness for World Bicycle Relief. The feat will mark only the third time that the Tanzania Park Authority has allowed bicycles onto the mountain. Rusch and Sweeney will be riding, carrying and pushing their bikes to the summit at 19,341 feet, then braving the dangerous journey back down.
I love a monumental challenge like this, and it’s even more meaningful if our adventure can help change the world, commented Red Bull professional athlete and world-champion Rebecca Rusch.
Since 2013, Rebecca has been working with World Bicycle Relief to provide bicycles for individuals in Africa to access critical resources like education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
I’m excited that we can do something to help the local people, extolled Patrick Sweeney. This grand adventure is part of my Û÷Cycling the Seven Summits’ challenge that only a handful of people have ever even attempted. And World Bicycle Relief is a big charity changing the future of so many people in Africa – I can’t think of a better combination! … I just hope Rebecca doesn’t hurt me too badly on the way up!
Patrick is an Alpina Watch ambassador and the first person to officially mountain bike to the Mt. Everest Base Camp.
The planned expedition will also mark the first time an extreme sport on Mt Kilimanjaro will be filmed in 360 Video. Jaunt Studio is producing a 44-minute, 360-degree video in high definition detailing the ride and breathtaking scenery. The documentary will be produced in collaboration with Red Bull Media House, Samsung Milk VR, Facebook, Oculus and Jaunt Studios.
What an incredible expedition, and all for the Power of Bicycles. A huge thanks to Rebecca and Patrick for their efforts and passion. Learn more about each rider below, and look forward to the documentary!
About World Bicycle Relief: Founded in 2005, World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to mobilizing people through The Power of Bicycleså¨. World Bicycle Relief accomplishes its mission by designing, manufacturing and distributing high quality bicycles that withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural, developing areas. Entrepreneurs use the bike to increase productivity and profits. Students attend class more regularly and their academic performances improve. And, health care workers visit more patients in less time, providing better, more consistent care. World Bicycle Relief also promotes local economies and long-term sustainability by assembling bicycles locally and training over 1,000 field mechanics. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 275,000 bicycles.
About Rebecca Rusch: Rebecca Rusch has run the gauntlet of endurance sports over her career as professional athlete- climbing, adventure racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking- racking up accolades and world championships along the way. Rusch has continually redefined her limits, pushing deep into the pain cave and emerging ready for the next great challenge. Rusch is not only a highly decorated endurance mountain biker with some of the hardest races under her belt but a world renowned author, event producer, advocate and motivational speaker.
About Patrick Sweeney: Patrick Sweeney is recognized as one of the foremost experts on living a passionate, balanced and adventurous life, and inspiring others to Find the Adventurer Within sm by putting passion and challenge back in their life. He finished 2nd in the Olympic trials in the single scull (rowing), went on to start and sell three multi-million dollar technology companies and eventually found his true passion pursuing great adventures while helping others do the same. He was the first person to officially mountain bike to Everest Base Camp, and is the first person ever to attempt Cycling the Seven Summits by riding a mountain bike as high up each of the tallest mountains on the seven continents as possible then climbing them. Sweeney is an adventure television personality starring in Epic TV’s Sport & Survival Series, hosting Live Big with Patrick Sweeney and co-producing several other projects currently in development with major US Cable networks. Sweeney is a competitive acrobatic pilot, master diver, and expert climber. He is the Chairman of YPO (Young President’s Organization) Entertainment Network and a prolific speaker and author. He is married with three children and together they split their time between Boston and the French Alps.