Quest79

The Story

Since winning GOLD in handcycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, the 79th medal for my country, 79 has become a special number for me! The gold medal was the culmination of years of hard training and focus, and 79 seems to have become part of my journey in life, from a place of being unconscious of life’s potential, towards destiny and beyond…

Unconscious
79 degrees north, a sit-ski traverse of the Greenland icecap, 2006
Subconscious:
79 degrees east, handbike across the Roof of the World, Tibet 2014
Destiny:
79th medal, GOLD in the Rio 2016 Paralympics
Realisation:
79 degrees west, the ‘Wild Way’, a handbike journey the length of Patagonia that led to the birth of QUEST 79
Anticipation:
79 degrees south runs through Antarctica, a place the ‘Cold Way’ will lead…

“Until you make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
C.G. Jung

The GOLD in Rio was not really about the medal, but about the journey that led there. The biggest prize for me was what I’m calling INNER GOLD, a discovery of what is possible when the power of thought, clear intention and good people come together. In my first ever bike race, I came last by a very long way, as in the organisers had almost all gone home and there was no finish line anymore! It has since amazed me what is possible when we set a clear goal, and when passion and people meet.

QUEST 79 for me will involve travelling 7 continents in 9 significant handbike rides. I plan to journey unsupported by any vehicle other than a bike, exploring with friends, sharing stories and raising funds for a charity close to my heart: The Spinal Inuries Association (SIA).

Gold is element number 79 in the periodic table of elements, and I would love Quest 79 to be an opportunity for you to take on your own quest and find your own INNER GOLD: to connect with your passion, bring friends and people together and help others at the same time by raising money for a good cause. Read more at Your Quest.

Partners

 

The Wild Way

1250 km through the Patagonian wilderness, following Chile’s Carretera Austral.

The Spirit in Motion Way

10,000km of riding the World & 20km at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The Cold Way

A journey of unknown scale through the ice of Antarctica.

The Continental Way

1250 km along the Atlantic Coastal Trail from the UK to Spain.

The Hot Way

1250 km of Africa to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s biggest open bike-race

The Sacred Way

1500 km following the River Ganges from it’s Himalayan source to it’s sacred heart.

The Water Way

2500 km following Australia’s water life-line, the Murray River from source to sea.

The Express Way

Battle Mountain arm power land-speed record & 3000 km from Canada to Mexico.

The Golden Way

10,000km of training & 20km to a Gold medal, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Quest Timeline
2020

The Spirit in Motion Way

10,000km of riding the World & 20km at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games** Summer

The Cold Way

A journey of unknown scale through the ice of Antarctica.* Winter

2019

The Continental Way

1250 km along the Atlantic Coastal Trail from the UK to Spain. Autumn

The Hot Way

1250 km of Africa to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s biggest open bike-race. Spring

2018

The Water Way

2500 km following Australia’s water life-line, the Murray River from source to sea. Spring

The Sacred Way

1500 km following the River Ganges from it’s Himalayan source to it’s sacred heart. Autumn

2017

The Express Way

Battle Mountain arm power land-speed record & 3000 km from Canada to Mexico. Autumn

2016

The Wild Way

1250 km through the Patagonian wilderness, following Chile’s Carretera Austral. Winter

The Golden Way

10,000km of training & 20km to a Gold medal, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Summer

* The Cold Way may potentially happen in winter 2010, after the Tokyo 2020 Games.
** Karen cannot guarantee selection for the Tokyo 2020 Games but the ‘Spirit in Motion Way’ will happen regardless.