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Bushy’s epic ride gunning to reclaim world record

24-hour marathon in Wartburg

Bilateral amputee Bushy McKelvey is gunning for a Guinness World Record in Wartburg.

NB: The record attempt has been delayed due to issues around authorisation. We will update when a new date has been set.

Pictures by Jen Miller

Well-known PMB bike rider, bilateral amputee and now Covid-19 survivor, Bushy McKelvey, will ride to reclaim his Guinness World Record for the “longest distance covered on a motorcycle in 24 hours by an individual” in Wartburg, KZN, from 6pm on August 22 to 6pm on August 23, 2020.

The organisers of the ride have happily confirmed the official sponsorship of a KTM1290 Adventure for the epic effort. “We are so honoured to be allowed to display Brad Binder’s iconic #33 on our shirts and tank in solidarity with our other champ – both our South Africans are riding for KTM on two continents over this same weekend,” they said.

Bushy has dedicated his undertaking to the dual benefit of Doctors Without Borders and the 5000 per month feeding scheme run by the GLSA (Grand Lodge of South Africa), both of which are causes close to his heart.

Biking fans and those interested in supporting Bushy’s ride are requested to spread the word far and wide, follow the story and revel in the awesome antics of those who, “no matter what, dare to live while still alive”.

Counsels and inspires

Bushy is foremost a passionate motorbike rider who wants to help others. Having lost both legs in two separate motorcycling accidents, he’s now also a Covid-19 survivor.

Bushy has led international biking expeditions and is also the first call for a rider down from hospital emergency units. He counsels and inspires victims and their support networks just by walking into a room, and continues to enjoy riding daily.

In 2014 he achieved the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance covered on a motorcycle by an individual in 24 hours. He held it for three years until it was taken on US soil in Texas in 2017. Bushy is gunning to reclaim his record on a farm road outside Wartburg next week.

Because South African Ubuntu doesn’t know any borders, and “I am because we are” has never been more relevant to our collective or individual futures, Bushy dedicates this Guinness World Record ride to Doctors Without Borders and the 5,000 per month Feeding Scheme run by the GLSA.

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He has also raised funds for the Association for the Physically Challenged, which has a number of homes in KZN.

The tough-as-nails rider wishes to spread this life-long message: “If you can dream it, and believe it, you can achieve it.”

Quote: “In crises the most daring course is often safest.” – Henry Kissinger

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