Dubai Man Cycles, Swims and Kayaks Across Europe

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Limits?! What the f*&%! are limits?

Sam Brenkel doesn’t believe in limits and obstacles. After spending a year taking cycling and swimming classes for six days a week, and three weeks of training in the cold waters of Dover in the UK, the 27-year old Scottish national left the comfortable confines of his office job in Dubai.

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Here’s a summary of his feats across Europe:

  • Brenkel cycled about 1,500 km (932 miles) from John O’Groats, a village in the north of Scotland, to Dover in the United Kingdom.
  • Swam for 13 continuous hours across the English Channel (he couldn’t stop because of the cold temperatures).
  • Cycled 700 km (435 miles) to the Black Forest in Germany where the Danube River starts.
  • Kayaked the entire length of the Danube, passing through 10 countries before ending his 5,000 km (3,107 miles) journey at the Black Sea in Romania.

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What inspired Brenkel to undertake such an adventure? “Pure and simple, this is a personal challenge, nothing more complicated than that,” he stated on his website JOG to the Black Sea.

Sam Brenkel wants his trek to symbolize a bigger purpose:

I want to show that with sufficient commitment and motivation, any human can achieve their ambitions. My trip also showed the wonders that even small amount of physical activity can make.

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