60-Year-Old Man Cycles for 3 Years to the Olympics
He accomplished this epic feat on a rickety 20 year old three-wheeled pedicab.
"I never leave my rickshaw and my rickshaw never leaves me," says Chen. "It's my home."
The retired farmer first attended the 2008 Beijing games and then again traveled to London for the 2012 Olympics. That one took him through Thailand and Afghanistan and 2 years to complete!
He embarked on his journey in 2010, traveled through war-torn countries, was refused at a couple of borders, yet still arrived in London in time for the games. One curious onlooker noticed him and used his basic knowledge of Mandarin to talk to Chen. It's then that he learned his incredible story.
He traveled for over 60,000km through 16 countries over mountain passes and war zones, battling floods and temperatures of -30C. Chen is an unlikely hero on his own odyssey that rivals the best taking part in the games.
A big fan of Olympic Games, he wants to spread the message of peace and environmental protection. He plans to again travel to Tokyo in 2022, and then onward to Africa and Australia.