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A New Zealander has pulled off something pretty impressive - he's completed all 21 stages of the Tour de France on a stationary cycling bike in his living room.
Loads of people have been taking up at-home workouts since the coronavirus pandemic shut down gyms and forced everyone to stay indoors unless it was for something essential.
Everyone has had to adapt their fitness regime, but none more than Scotty Bensley.
After seeing people complete marathons in their backyards or kitchens, the Kiwi bloke wanted to up the stakes a bit and take on a bigger challenge: doing a replica of the Tour de France.
The Aucklander, now living in New York City, mapped out the whole 2019 course and worked out he would need to cycle more than 3,400 kilometres to say he had done it.
He bought a semi-cheap bike from Amazon, along with some gear to help make him look the part, including a cycling cap and a yellow jersey.
Then it was up to him to push through the pain, blood, sweat and tears to reach the 'finish line'.
Scotty sat on the bike every day from 6 April until 28 April, cycling his guts out. After 126 hours, he was done.
Mr Bensley had only spent a maximum of 20 minutes on an exercise bike before taking on the challenge and admits it was a painful process for many reasons.
He had to stuff towels down his bike shorts to give his backside a bit of extra cushioning, and his legs felt like they were going to fall off after some rides.
Some nights he couldn't fall asleep due to how much pain he was in, but whenever he wanted to give up, he remembered the support and love from his friends and family back home.
He took his bike outside on a nearly empty New York City street a few days ago to complete the final lap. In true Tour de France spirit, Scotty cracked open a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
A very worthy achievement and we can imagine Scott will be looking forward to waking up without having to jump on the bike for several hours.
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