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September 15, 2020 - euronews

Two friends prove cycling 2,000 km across Europe on a plant-based diet can be done

Two friends prove cycling 2,000 km across Europe on a plant-based diet can be done
Two vegans cycling 2,000 km to raise money for AmazonCredit: Ben Brown and Austin Oliver, Going Green Team

Ben Brown and Austin Oliver are two twenty-somethings on a mission to prove long-distance cycling can go hand in hand with a vegan diet.

The pair are just recovering from a 40 day cycling expedition across Europe, covering 2,000 kilometres over eight countries and surviving on a plant-based diet day in, day out. The ride was in aid of WWF’s Amazon Appeal and they raised over £2,300 (€2,493) - beating their original target of 2k.

Calling themselves the ‘Going Green Team’, the two friends planned to cycle all the way from London to Budapest in 40 days, setting off on 4th August. But due to travel restrictions in Hungary, they had to finish the last leg of the journey by cycling directly over the Alps through challenging terrain towards Italy, where they ended up in Venice.

They filmed the whole thing on Ben’s Youtube channel and released a video charting their progress every week. The videos feature a few treacherous moments where hills seem just too steep to climb and even a night where they had to camp in a wooded area known for brown bears.

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