Monkey Run Peru - Wrapped

This week saw a seemingly impossible feat of endurance completed on two wheels. And Mark Beaumont finished cycling around the world really quickly. Yes, we're talking about the Monkey Run Peru. After a bureaucratic clusterfuck that buggered up the adventure for a few souls, the remaining teams tackled 1000km of mountain and jungle on a motorcycle built for a child. Climbing over multiple passes of 4,500 metres, surviving in sub-zero hailstorms and plunging into 99% humidity jungle with only the supplies you can fit in a medium sized wallet. Everyone said it wasn't possible.  But they never reckoned on the tenacity of a Monkey Runner chasing down cold beer and mediocre wifi.

Last to finish, Gregor from Keep Exploring (with Olly - thankfully not pictured)

Last to finish, Gregor from Keep Exploring (with Olly - thankfully not pictured)

Had a hard couple of days. Think I’ve chipped my elbow when I stacked it yesterday, got 3rd degree burns on the back of my hands and lost a filling, but other than that, all good.
— Cameraman Olly

Wow...

You don't see that every day

Roar solves that annoying question you had about what you look like from every angle while riding a monkey bike. Yup, you look ludicrous and godly.

Good old engineers huh?

 - Video by Roar

We were leaving the city and came across 100 bikes riding on a rally through town.

                    
They fucking love the monkey bikes. You can see their jealousy seeping out.


Ouch...

Rather you than me

 scha·den·freu·de  \ ˈshä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də \

'Enjoyment obtained from the misfortune of others' (Merriam-Webster)

 - Video by Tommy

'Really hoping this is just a biking blister and not home for 100's of baby spiders' - Ant, Muchos Machos Monkey Men.

'Really hoping this is just a biking blister and not home for 100's of baby spiders' - Ant, Muchos Machos Monkey Men.

Tommy's eye disagrees with something in the jungle that takes a fancy to him.

Tommy's eye disagrees with something in the jungle that takes a fancy to him.

Apologies for the portrait video. Apparently, Olly does that Snapchat/ Facebook live thing that children under the age of 6 like.


Science & the Arts

We're not just here to shock & impress, we like learning and Culture too

Fleet mechanic Sweary Dave shows how the tiny wheels of a monkey bike generate a lot of speed.

Not with physics theory, but with good old fashioned burnouts. Thanks Dave.

He might have lost his team-mate to a parasite, ended up with a face like Quasimodo and spectacularly crashed on camera, but Tommy did pick up this rather splendid MonkeyRun inspired tattoo. Turned out nice after all.

How does this compare with the Rickshaw Run? It’s wetter, muddier, colder, hotter, crazier, ballsier, (is that a word?)...and Google Maps can fuck right off.
— Ant - Mucho, Macho, Monkey Men

The Monkey Run Peru is proving more popular than alternative contraception at a convent school and no paperwork bullshit can get in the way of the Monkey Run Peru April edition.

Click that big red thing below to join in April 2018. You won't regret it, not in the long run anyway.