14 June 2012
This July, final year Physics student, Kadhim Shubber, his tandem and a life-sized human skeleton will set off on a record-breaking 900-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He is hoping to raise £10,000 for the Rector’s Scholarship Fund, which helps Imperial students cope with the cost of studying in London.
In the process, Kadhim is hoping to set the record for the longest tandem bicycle ride with a full-sized artificial skeleton on the back seat, which was first set at 437 miles in 1987 by Art Hoffman, an anti-smoking campaigner from Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Speaking of the two-week trip, on which he will be accompanied by second year physicist Sioni Summers, Kadhim says: “I’m most looking forward to seeing new parts of the UK and meeting people on the way. In my head, I’ll be cycling across miles and miles of beautiful, sunny countryside but, no doubt, it will end up being mostly rain and traffic.”