Jonas Deichmann Sets New North Cape to Cape Town Record

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Congratulations to Jonas Deichmann, who recently set the new record for fastest time between North Cape, Norway, and Cape Town, South Africa, riding an extraordinary 18,000 kilometers in just over 72 days. Find details, photos, and a video overview of his bike here…

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You may recall hearing the buzz around Jonas Deichmann this time last year when he set a new solo Pan-American record, riding 23,112 kilometers from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in just 97 days, 21 hours, and 10 minutes.

  • Jonas Deichmann, North Cape
  • Jonas Deichmann
Photos by Pål Laukli

Jonas has been busy since then, and last Saturday, November 19th, he set a fresh record, becoming the fastest person ever to pedal from North Cape, Norway, to Cape Town, South Africa, in a remarkable 72 days, 7 hours and 27 minutes. That’s an average of 250 kilometers a day to connect the two cities, some 18,000 kilometers and 15 countries apart. And he shaved an entire month off the previous fastest time.

  • Jonas Deichmann, Philipp Hympendahl
  • Jonas Deichmann, Philipp Hympendahl
  • Jonas Deichmann, Philipp Hympendahl
  • Jonas Deichmann, Philipp Hympendahl
  • Jonas Deichmann, Philipp Hympendahl
Photos by Philipp Hympendahl

As a completely unsupported effort, Jonas was responsible for carrying all of his gear and supplies throughout his trip. According to Jonas, one of his biggest challenges was being able to find and haul his average daily intake of 10,000 calories, as was managing a supply of clean water in the extreme heat of the Sahara, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

Jonas Deichmann, Philipp Hympendahl
Photo by Philipp Hympendahl

North Cape to Cape Town Pack List

Jonas put together this pack list that includes his bike highlights, bags, and everything he finished with. He had more cold weather gear during his time riding through Finland and Russia, but ditched it en route.

Bike:

  • Curve Belgie Spirit titanium frame and carbon fork
  • Shimano Ultegra 2×11 group
  • Brooks Cambium saddle
  • Tune Kong / KingKong hubs with Stans Grail rim
  • Schwalbe Pro One 30mm tubeless tyres
  • Pro Vibe/Koryak handlebars, aerobar, and seatpost

Equipment:

  • Ortlieb bikepacking bags (seat, frame, and handlebar)
  • 2x Jerseys and 2x bibs
  • Windvest
  • Rain jacket
  • Arm warmers
  • Undershirt
  • 2x pair socks
  • Chiba BioxCell gloves
  • Bliz Fusion glasses and helmet
  • Tarptent Protrail tent
  • Sea to Summit Spark 2 sleeping bag
  • Sea to summit air mattress
  • Foldable bowl and spoon
  • Mini towel
  • 2x GoPro Hero 7
  • Selfie stick
  • Samsung Galaxy phone
  • Sigmasport Rox 12.0 computer
  • Supernova Airstream light
  • 2x Sigma Nugget back lights
  • Zendure power bank and charger
  • Toiletries
  • Spare tyre & tubes
  • Tools (bottom bracket, spokes, etc.)

After finishing, he also recorded two videos that offer an overview of his bike and gear. In this first video, he talks about making the switch from carbon to titanium, how he fared with a tubeless setup, and how other various components performed:

What’s next for Jonas? He says he’ll be announcing a new project in February that will launch in July and will be “definitely much more challenging than anything I have ever done before.” Stay tuned for updates on that endeavor next year.

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