Are you a fan of the Olympics? A super fan? Well, no matter what you’re probably not as into them as China’s own “Olympics Man” — 60-year-old Chen Guanming from Jiangsu province — who wowed everyone by riding his tricycle all the way from China to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
According to Xinhua, Chen developed his Olympic obsession in 2001 when Beijing won the rights to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. He attended those Olympics and also went to the 2012 London Olympics. This will be his third one, he arrived in Rio on July 30th.
In 2012, Chen traveled over 60,000km through 16 countries, overcoming floods, war zones, freezing temperatures and mountain passes, all in an effort to “spread the Olympic spirit.” He left home on May 23rd, 2010, arriving in London on July 9th.
This time around, Chen has been spotted cycling through Northstate, California and Maryland among many other locations in the US.
You can follow his journeys on his Facebook fan page.
Chen told reporters that he will follow the Olympics wherever it goes (even Rio). “The tricycle is my transportation as well as my tent for sleeping,” he says, pointing at his trusty steed which is covered by pages of newspaper reports on his Olympic cycling journey.
While he’s abroad, Chen doesn’t miss the chance to meet the locals.
Pose for pics in front of his tricycle.
And cook up some lunch.
Chen says that he plans to stay in Rio for about 20 days before somehow continuing on to Oceania.
For many Chinese adventurers, cycling has become a favorite way of seeing the world. This Guilin guy recently finished biking all around the world with his dog to promote animal rights.
Meanwhile, this 57-year-old man has been cycling around the world for 18 years.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Xinhuanet]