Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a man on a bike
Former University of
Queensland student and global adventurer Aaron Austin-Glen
has been likened to "Superman" after returning to UQ to have his
cycled for 50 weeks through 20 countries from London to
Brisbane, Mr Austin-Glen underwent a VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake
test) at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition
UQ researcher Ravin Lal, who supervised the test, said Mr
Austin-Glen recorded a physical output comparable to an elite
"The test measured how much oxygen Aaron's body used per
kilogram of bodyweight in a minute," Mr Lal said.
"For a 34-year-old man, anything above 44 millilitres per kilo
per minute is excellent.
"Aaron's result was 60.2, which means we had Superman in
Stunned by how well he had performed, Mr Austin-Glen laughed off
the comparison and described himself as "just an amateur".
He also revealed that he had run a half-marathon (21 kilometre)
two days before the test and had been out partying for a week after
his long-awaited return to Brisbane.
"Maybe I should enter some bike races," Mr Austin-Glen said.
"It (fitness) is not why I undertook this trip across the world,
but it's nice to know all the same.
"It's as fit as I'll be for the foreseeable future."
Although Mr Austin-Glen's results were outstanding, Mr Lal said
he could still use the collected data to develop a program to
further improve the cyclist's performance.
"I might be able to ride back to London quicker then?" Mr
Educated at Mitchelton Primary School and Kelvin Grove High
School, before studying Human Movement at UQ, Mr Austin-Glen
undertook the cycling challenge to meet new people, see the world
in more depth and refresh his perspective on life.
He said the hilliest part of his journey was Montenegro, where
he conquered a total ascent equal to climbing Mount Everest
In India, the adventurer also triumphed over a 14 kilometre
continuous uphill climb, despite sweltering conditions of about 40
Mr Austin-Glen revealed his next challenge will be learning to
drive and travelling from Brisbane back to London by car.
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