7/16/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) has announced that it sponsored Cambridge couple, Kevin and Julia Sanders (known as 'the Globebusters'), on their world-record breaking fastest motorbike circumnavigation of the world. CSR provided the equipment to enable the team to have remote internet access and to send e-mail from around the world - making it possible for the couple to update their Globebusters.com website with regular status reports.
CSR provided the couple with a Bluetooth enabled GSM phone connected to a Compaq Evo N600C notebook PC using CSR's BlueCore technology. PC users were able to track the progress of the Globebusters via the GPS tracker on the CSR website and the Globebusters website (www.globebusters.com)
Kevin and Julia departed from Cambridge on the 5th May. Riding for up to 15 hours, and at the incredible rate of 1000 miles every day, their 19 day 8.5 hour trip took them across 4 continents and 12 countries, and covered a total of 19,490 miles. The couple hope to have raised at least £10,000 for the SOS Childrens Villages charity.
The route took the Globebusters through France down to Italy, Greece and Turkey to Iran (where they had to ride through temperatures up to 45 degrees C). Across to Australia and New Zealand and then from Alaska down to Mexico. In Mexico, the couple ran into severe storms which almost caused the end of their world record attempt. However, their perseverance paid off and they successfully completed their journey on 24th June.
Kevin Sanders commented, "CSR provided us with a great set of hardware for our challenge and we're very grateful for their generous support. Bluetooth technology is amazing and we're thrilled to be using these cutting edge products to help all our followers keep track of our progress. Despite the weather extremes, I was happy to see the gear continued to act as our link to home."
Alan Woolhouse, vice president communications, CSR added, "We would like to congratulate Kevin and Julia on their success and would like to say were delighted to be associated with this exciting project. It was great to see Bluetooth technology being used in this testing, real world application."
When asked why they took on this challenge, Kevin responded "Any excuse to get on a bike, feel the wind in your hair, smell the open road and test 2 up motorbike endurance riding to the limit!"
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