Mandurah man to break world record in India for PYMS

Halls Head resident John Nye will attempt to break a world record.
Halls Head resident John Nye will attempt to break a world record.

HALLS Head resident John Nye will attempt to break a world record in August by traversing the four corners of India as a solo motorcyclist.

The 62-year-old said he will travel about 14,100kms throughout the challenge, alone, with no support.

“It’s all down to me and my bike,” he said.

“I’m trying to show people that age or situation doesn’t matter – if they want to do something they should do it.”

Mr Nye’s ride will attempt to raise $10,000 for the Peel Youth Medical Service (PYMS).

A cause close to his heart, Mr Nye will hold a fundraising night at Mandurah City Football Club on July 14 at 7pm to launch his campaign.

“Sadly, my wife Debra and I lost our son in a car accident in December 2010,” Mr Nye said.

“When it happened to us the community helped and some young people were distressed by it as well but PYMS supported them.

“I’m looking for as much public attention and donations as possible, any way we can raise funds toward PYMS and help support the good work they do.”

The current world record of 34 days is held by an Indian national who set the record in October 2016.

Mr Nye will try to reduce this time to a maximum of 30 days and set a new record registered with the Guinness Book of World Records.

“I will start in Chandigarh and go up around, in an anti-clockwise direction, to the high reaches and back through to Chandigarh, and out to the far eastern tip of India on the border of Burma,” he said.

“I will then travel back down south to the tip of India in Sri Lanka and around again to the Pakistan border up through Goha and Mumbai, and back to Chandigarh to complete it.”

Some of the challenges of the trip include altitude sickness, landslides, hostile regions, weather conditions ranging from -15 to +35C, roaming wildlife and crazy motorists.

Mr Nye said he had apprehensions but it was for a good cause.

“I’ve never ridden in India and stories that come out of their are fairly alarming but it’s all part of the challenge,” he said.

Mr Nye said he created a Facebook page JCridesagain and website jcridesagain.com to showcase live updates of his journey in India

Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 per person. To purchase tickets go to www.eventbrite.com.au.