Around the World Cyclist killed in Thailand

February 21, 2015
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A foreigner who spent nearly five years cycling around the world has been tragically killed while in Thailand. He was hit by a pick-up truck today on the Mittraphap Road between Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima.

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The deceased cyclist was from Chile and was travelling with his wife and two year old son. They suffered only minor injuries.

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According to a sign on his bicycle, he was aiming to cycle 250,000 km around the world in five years. He had started in November 2010 and had so far cycled 140,000 km across 5 continents. The sign also said that along the way he found a wife and had a baby.

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7 Responses to Around the World Cyclist killed in Thailand

  1. Chang Noi
    February 22, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Very sad indeed, although I am really surprised that many bicyclist choice the dangerous main roads of Thailand to ride their bicycle. There are many nice upcountry roads and they choose the so called “highways”, why? Hopefully this will be lesson to other people making bicycle trips in Thailand … do NOT use the “highways” … it is dangerous!

    • Paul Hamon
      February 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

      It should really be a lesson learned for drivers, they are ones that are using these killing machines with limited driver training.

      • Chang Noi
        February 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

        Yes indeed SHOULD be but in reality is not and many people die on what are called highways in Thailand. So whenever I am riding my motorbike in try to avoid these “highways” and that is in most times very easy to do.

  2. Brian
    February 22, 2015 at 7:34 am

    My God how very sad . Commiserations to all his friends & loved ones .

  3. pichit
    February 22, 2015 at 8:36 am

    It would be very hard to ride on local roads especially between two main destination like Khonkaen to Bangkok All cyalist rode on highways.

  4. Tony Rankin
    February 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

    So Sad , This was the life he loved and its a great loss for his friends and family.

  5. Thomas Knierim
    February 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Awful news, my condolences to the family. Yes, it is much harder to navigate the backroads in Thailand, but definitely worthwhile in terms of safety, because unskilled and reckless driving is so common here. Personally, I cycle the roads in Thailand only to get to the trails, which are free of cars.

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