Tissot TransAmerica Expedition - New Challenge, New Record

Dec 09, 2008
Just imagine! One man riding his bike from the top of North America to the bottom of South America. The route covers over 15,500 miles, crossing 14 countries and 5 time zones. This remarkable journey is performed by adventurer Jean-Philippe Patthey and is sponsored by Tissot.

The adventurer has an ambitious goal to set the World Record for cycling the entire length of the Pan-American Highway. The current record is 140 days. The adventurer intends to finish the journey in 128 days - and that is 12 days faster! Jean-Philippe Patthey just likes taking up new challenges and pushing the limits of his own body. He has always dreamed of crossing the world and meeting people.

Tissot acts as the official timekeeper and the Tissot T-Touch Expert watch is the official timepiece of the Tissot TransAmerica Expedition. Jean-Philippe Patthey covers an average of 125 miles a day. The T-Touch Expert has accompanied the adventurer as a faithful timekeeping companion every day of his journey.

The alarm incorporated by the Tissot watch wakes him up on time at 6 am. The adventurer uses the watch for measuring the temperature in the deserts and keeping track of the elevation gain and loss while cycling through the mountains. The compass function of the watch helps the adventurer to orient himself and continue his route to the south and monitor the weather with help of absolute and relative pressure readings.

Patthey also keeps record of his fitness and health information. In fact, the adventurer suffers from a heart disease, having undergone two heart surgeries. He keeps the chronicle of his journey with data gathered by the Tissot T-Touch Expert watch, fitted with a heart rate monitor.

Patthey thinks that the Tissot T-Touch Expert is a great choice of a wristwatch for the kind of adventure he has been involved into as the watch is not only packed with a variety of useful functions, but is also rugged, lightweight and aesthetically-appealing.

According to Tissot President, Francois Thiebaud, they are glad to be part of the exciting adventure, providing sponsorship to the expedition. Due to the remarkable strength of his fighting spirit, Jean-Philippe Patthey is riding the distance equal to more than half of the earth in just about 120 days, powered only by his legs. The adventurer shows people that a dream can be made true and a human being can manage to do just about anything.

Jean-Philippe Patthey intends to reach the end point, Ushuaia, Argentina, on December 20, having set off on August 22. The adventurer sleeps by the side of the road and sometimes rides as much as 300 kilometers, and still he thinks its great to be surrounded by nature and meet people who appreciate the efforts he has undertaken to reach their country.

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