LIFE IS SHORT AND I DON’T WANT TO WASTE TIME

LIFE IS SHORT AND I DON’T WANT TO WASTE TIME

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RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CALM

RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CALM

RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CALM

RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CALM

Raising £10,000 and awareness for CALM is a crucial part of this trip as I feel lucky to even attempt something like this.

Life can deal people terrible hands and if I can positively affect another person while fulfilling my own dreams, that seems like a no brainer.

There’s so much stigma around men’s mental health and a lack of willingness from men to ask for help, a common thought is that to have a mental health issue labels you as weak or incapable.

Raising awareness of this problem gets people talking about the topic, which then breaks the stigma surrounding it, the more men talk about their feelings the less chance they’ll end up in a crisis situation.

As I’ve said previously the tour will last a year, which means I can raise funds and awareness for the entirety of the trip.

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EXPERIENCE NEW CULTURES AND MEET PEOPLE

A major goal is to cycle out of my comfort zone and make life long friends on the other side of the planet.

I’m particularly excited about cycling through Central Asia, especially countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Mongolia. The image of cycling through these countries has been inside my head for years, now I’m making it a reality.

The difference in landscape and culture is what attracts me; I want to immerse myself into the unknown.

Pretty much every nature documentary I watch leaves me thinking ‘I’d love to cycle through there’.

After watching other cycle tourers videos and reading blogs I’ve learnt that most people are friendly and hospitable. It’s Western media that has put false stereotypes in our heads, which then stops us from travelling to such places.

Leaving the safety of Europe to the unknown of Asia is both exciting and frightening.

A major goal is to cycle out of my comfort zone and make life long friends on the other side of the planet.

I’m particularly excited about cycling through Central Asia, especially countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Mongolia. The image of cycling through these countries has been inside my head for years, now I’m making it a reality.

The difference in landscape and culture is what attracts me; I want to immerse myself into the unknown.

Pretty much every nature documentary I watch leaves me thinking ‘I’d love to cycle through there’.

After watching other cycle tourers videos and reading blogs I’ve learnt that most people are friendly and hospitable. It’s Western media that has put false stereotypes in our heads, which then stops us from travelling to such places.

Leaving the safety of Europe to the unknown of Asia is both exciting and frightening.

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THE CHALLENGE

THE CHALLENGE

The challenge of cycling almost everyday for a year is mind-boggling — this ride will test me mentally and physically.

There’s a million things to worry about on this trip, but I’m going to take it day by day only looking at the next 50 miles ahead of me.

It’s way to easy to stay in your bubble nowadays, testing yourself makes you realise what’s important in life.

Yes I ‘might’ be naïve to the scale of the challenge, but nothing epic comes easy.

Apparently I love bullet points, here’s some of the challenges I face:

» Weather
» Terrain
» Constant hunger
» Injuries
» Language barriers
» Repairing bike/Kit
» Mileage
» Police/Border control

» Thieves
» Keeping spending under control
» Safe roads
» Mental health/Staying positive
» Crazy drivers
» Huge trucks
» Navigation

» Thieves
» Keeping spending under control
» Safe roads
» Mental health/Staying positive
» Crazy drivers
» Huge trucks
» Navigation