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2014-07-16 12:58

ADAM WAKEFIELD

SPINNING FOR CHARITY: SA serial record breaker and AIDS activist Andre Van Zijl is trying to spin 6700km for charity at Irene Mall in Pretoria. Image: Lazarus Motor Co.

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Serial record breaker Andre van Zijl, who has broken 43 different world records of the less common variety, is attempting to cycle 6700km on a spinning bike while sitting in a car.

So far, Van Zijl has records for pumping petrol for 1000 hours and talking on a phone non-stop for 50 hours. He has been spinning for nearly two months in a car at the Irene Village Mall in Centurion, Tshwane to complete his goal.

He said he was on day 54, with six to go.

969KM TO GO...

Van Zijl told Sapa: "I got into the vehicle on May 23 and have been in the car 24/7. Sitting in a car is very different. We've raised R20 000 for the various charities that I support."

"I'm hoping to get the premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, to pull me out of the car.”

On Tuesday evening (July 15 2014) at 6pm he had cycled 5731km, with another 969km to go.

Van Zijl has previously said that he had raised over R33-million thus far in his 25 years of record breaking for disabled and orphaned children.

This record attempt, beyond raising money for charity, was in dedication to "two great people", being former Nelson Mandela and Van Zijl's mother, who were born on the same day and in the same year.

Van Zijl, an HIV-activist who has known his HIV-positive status for over 30 years, said he was happy to have been able to speak to people at the shopping mall where his car-come-spinning centre is stationed.

"The main thing is I have been able to address staff. That is my core mission to inform and motivate people," he said.

He described the car as being "freezing" at this time of year. Like his previous record attempts, he is allowed a five-minute break every hour.

He says that sitting in a car can be "very boring", hence he has been able to read around 50 books since this latest record attempt began.
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