Actor Ivan Zimmermann prepares for cycle challenge from Beijing to Istanbul:

04 May 2016 Comments 0

Zimmermann in Kenia 2015 during his cycle challenge from Cairo to Cape Town.

 

Actor Ivan Zimmermann prepares for cycle challenge from Beijing to Istanbul (May to October 2016)

 

South African actor Ivan Zimmermann will depart on a cycling expedition from Beijing to Istanbul on May 14th 2016. He will be riding with 14 other cyclists that he has never met before and together they have to complete 12280km in 145 days. The travelling schedule stretches through the “Silk Route” that consists of ten countries, including China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkey. This is Zimmermann`s second similar challenge. He successfully finished a cycling trip from Cairo to Cape Town in 2015.

 

Zimmermann says: "I undertook this project because I realized that my goal is to live a purposeful, driven life. I cannot think of a better way to spend my time than to inspire and help others through my expeditions and adventures. Last year's bike ride from Cairo to Cape Town is by far the most challenging project I have ever undertaken.I never thought that I would miss my family, as well as the little things in life so much. For 121 nights I woke up more than 5 times every night. I never thought that I would lose so much weight. I never thought that I would have to ride a bike in 50 degrees. Or be blown off my bike by the wind. I never thought that I would ever go without a bath or shower for 8 days and I never anticipated that I will wake up in the middle of the night with hunger pains. After everyday`s hard riding, I also had to pitch my own tent – for 121 nights. It was extremely tough from beginning to end. But it was worth it. The expedition was a great success! I completed the trip and subsequently collected 4,500 cans of food for The Hanna Charity. Also, through our “Leaders Never Quit” campaign, I motivated many people to never give up. I was happy to be back home and decided to absolutely not do this again. But, three months later I was already planning the Silk Route expedition.”

The Silk Route journey will test Zimmermann and his co riders to the limit. Temperatures will range between minus 10 to 45 degrees and the heights they must drive through can range from 0 to 4500 meters above sea level. Zimmermann says: “I am excited to go further into colder, warmer, higher, lower temperatures and landscapes and meet more interesting people from diverse cultures.”

 

Video of the Cairo to Cape expedition 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzrNFV16Ck4

 

Videos of Zimmermann`s arrival in Cape Town after the Cairo to Cape trip last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effs9QglQ5Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrA-FIPKI38

 

SAICA (South African Institute for Chartered Accountants) is one of the main sponsor for Zimmermann`s expedition. The “Leaders Never Quit” motivational program that forms an integral part of Zimmermann`s challenge, is a special incentive for SAICA`s students and members. One of the facets of the motivational program is a direct broadcast of the cycling expedition on www.ivanzimmermann.com. Willi Coates, Senior Executive: Brand says: “SAICA decided to sponsor Zimmermann on this journey, because to become a Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)] involves hard work and dedication, similar to the journey Zimmermann will be embarking upon. The parallel with him cycling 9 stage of harsh terrain from Beijing to Istanbul and that of our trainees completing their journey of becoming CAs(SA) is obvious to those who have traveled this road before. Furthermore, Zimmermann is undertaking this epic ride for charity. Following SAICA`s sponsorship in the 2015 Tour d` Afrique (Cape to Cairo), his contribution has been phenomenal in terms of raising funds as well as motivating our trainees. SAICA therefore decided to invest in the campaign again in 2016.”

 

www.feesforall.org.za - Participants can pledge through the snapscan code or the sms line via these websites - Participants can start pledging from 1 May.The winner will be announced on 15 September 2016. Says Fees For All Director, Adv. Kaiél Grobler: “We believe that Zimmermann’s courage and relentless pursuit for success, will inspire and encourage students of underprivileged backgrounds to rise above their circumstances and chase their educational dreams. The campaign aims to raise awareness and help find solutions for the many struggles students in this country face. We call on South Africans to make a donation towards the cause by pledging R30. We call on everyone to help make South Africa a better place for all.”

 

Innermation is the third main sponsor for the expedition. “At Innermation we create and cultivate educational environments that are optimal to influence perceptual sets. We believe that simple but innovative educational solutions, founded on uncomplicated philosophy and universal core values, reveal the “why do we do what we do.” We develop talent. We create excitement. We communicate brands. We reveal rock stars. This is what we do.” Read more about Innermation at: http://innermation.co.za

 

“This is a dream come true” says Zimmermann. “I am fortunate to be able to embark on such wild and wonderful adventures. Follow the journey on www.ivanzimmermann.com as well as on Twitter: @IvanZimmermann1 and on Instagram: IvanZimmermann1. The live broadcast can also be followed on Periscope: @IvanZimmermann

 

“Fate loves the fearless”

- James Russell Lowell

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