from the sunny South coast in Bournemouth. A keen cyclist
since the age of 16, I have raced in time trials, mountain
biking and road races for 6 years with some success.
More recently my racing has concentrated on mountain
bike orienteering competing at national level and abroad.
Before I discovered cycling all my efforts were focused
on dinghy racing. At the peak of my success I was sailing
for the country in the Optimist dinghy in national and
I have been on many independent cycle trips, including
cycling through France, Northern Morocco, Spain, The
Czech Republic, Mallorca and a nice week sunning myself
on a bike in Jamaica. My role on the trip amongst others
will be to oversee the maintenance of the website and,
knowing the others, probably doing all the bike maintenance
I'm originally from picturesque Canterbury in Kent.
I love the outdoors and enjoy many sports, mountaineering
and flying - I was lucky enough to complete a Private
Pilots Licence and have enjoyed many glider flights.
I also enjoy cycling! A few months ago I rode non-stop
from Bath to Paris (225 miles/ 360km) in 22½
hours total travelling time (including ferry) - this,
I think, proves my lack of sanity and qualifies me for
been around a bit (so to speak) and have visited Morocco,
the Alps and worked/travelled in Australia and the US.
I've also done several events for charity in the past
(the Paris Marathon, charity hitch-hikes, other cycle
Why do I want to do this trip? The diversity of culture;
the beautiful sights en route; the challenge of completion;
enough exercise to burn off all those crisps I've eaten
over the past few months and a chance to raise lots
of money for charity. This trip sells itself... except
for the shady characters I have to go with...
Hello! I'm currently studying Aerospace Engineering
with German at the University of Bath, though I am originally
from Darlington in County Durham, way oop in the North
East. I am a lover of cycling, mountains, travelling
and Monty Python - all of which might help, in varying
degrees, with this little adventure of ours.
been mountain biking for years, and nowadays I tend
to concentrate on the endurance and orienteering side
of the sport. I've even been quite successful on occasions
too: Porelle Polaris Challenge (1st, Under 21 Team,
March 1998), Trail Break Wight Diamond Challenge (2nd,
Senior Men Team, May 1999).
I've travelled all over Europe (mainly the hilly bits)
and in South-East Asia (mainly the sunny and sandy bits),
and I've been dreaming of doing 'something completely
different' after university for a long long time now.
Obviously, this is what 5 years of studying does to
you! I've always wanted to be an explorer - discovering
new and exciting places, and I've dreamed of cycling
in the Himalaya, and visiting India, Nepal and Tibet
for many years. This little adventure will give me the
chance to pursue those dreams and ambitions - and do
something very worthwhile by raising cash for charity
too. I just can't wait to do it!