• Former Brazil striker Fred on his 600km cycling journey for charity (Fredgol9/Twitter)Source: Fredgol9/Twitter
Former Brazil striker Fred is on Day 3 of a 600km trek from Cruzeiro to return to team Fluminense, his journey for charity topping off a big week of epic cycling expeditions.
Cycling Central

Reuters, Wielerflits
5 Jun 2020 - 9:51 AM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2020 - 9:56 AM

He surprised Fluminense fans on Monday by announcing he would be cycling the 600km to join his new club.

The 36-year old signed a two-year contract with Fluminense on Sunday and a day later announced he was setting off with a support team on a charity cycle from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro.

“The objective is to receive hampers of basic foodstuffs for 4,000 families on this trip to the Fluminense training centre that I am starting today,” Fred said on Instagram, where he has 2.6 million followers. The hashtag for the ride is #TourdoFred.

“I am counting on you during this solidarity trip. I’m cycling and you are donating from your homes and we’re all in this together for a bigger cause.”

Fred, who became the third highest scorer in Fluminense’s history in his previous spell between 2009 and 2016, left Cruzeiro, who were relegated to Serie B last season.

Brazilian football was suspended in March and the state championships have yet to restart. Some Rio clubs resumed non-contact training on Monday.

It's been a week for epic rides beyond the world of football and back into the cycling universe. With Dirty Kanza, um, Kanzelled, Aussie Lachlan Morton completed the 225km Kokopelli Trail from Moab, Utah to Loma, Colorado last weekend in 11 hours, 14 minutes. 

Morton's EF Pro Cycling team mate Alex Howes sojourned 354km in the Colorado mountains, the journey finished in 14 hours. 

Trek-Segafredo's Tayler Wiles travelled a wopping 320kms and 5,800m of climbing in California, completing the trip in 14hrs and 52 minutes.  

Road world champion Annemiek van Vleuten journeyed 400km around the Netherlands in 11 hours and 15 minutes. 

But 2016 C4-5 Paralympic road race champion Daniel Abraham bested all his fellow cyclists kilometre wise, cycling 561kms around the Netherlands in 17 hours and 30 minutes. He told Dutch cycling news site Wielerflits he had hoped for a higher average speed than 32.1km/h. 

"I left at night and was able to maintain a good speed, only when I arrived at the Veluwe it was pitch dark. Wild boars jumped on all sides.

"Then I thought: now I'm going to take it easy. So I lost some speed there. When it was light again, I was past the Veluwe and there I was able to increase my speed again. ”

“My Wahoo went out for a while and then I had to recharge it with a power bank. As a result, there is a small deviation."