IN MARCH 2018 I’LL SET OFF ON A 12,000 MILE BIKE RIDE FROM THE UK TO CHINA.

IN MARCH 2018 I’LL SET OFF ON A 12,000 MILE BIKE RIDE FROM THE UK TO CHINA.

EXPERIENCED CYCLE TOURIST? NO.
ENDURANCE ATHLETE? NO.
LOVER OF EXPLORATION? YES.

EXPERIENCED CYCLE TOURIST? NO. ENDURANCE ATHLETE? NO. LOVER OF EXPLORATION? YES.

EXPERIENCED CYCLE TOURIST? NO.
ENDURANCE ATHLETE? NO. LOVER OF EXPLORATION? YES.

My name is Harry Wiseman, I’m 23 and I live and work in Hastings, UK. Over the next year I’ll be riding 50 miles a day, solo, on a bike weighing 45kg. I’m not the fastest cyclist but luckily it’s not a race.

It’s a self-funded tour which I have been working a 9-5 and saving almost 2 years to pay for it.

My name is Harry Wiseman, I’m 23 and I live and work in Hastings, UK. Over the next year I’ll be riding 50 miles a day, solo, on a bike weighing 45kg. I’m not the fastest cyclist but luckily it’s not a race.

It’s a self-funded tour which I have been working a 9-5 and saving almost 2 years to pay for it.

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LONG DISTANCE CYCLE TOURING IS NEW TO ME, I’LL BE LEARNING AS I RIDE.

LONG DISTANCE CYCLE TOURING IS NEW TO ME, I’LL BE LEARNING AS I RIDE.

In the last few years I’ve completed a couple of miniature tours, from England to Paris and England to Wales with my friend Eddie Stuart.

After these comparably tiny trips I realised I wanted something bigger. My initial plan was to cycle to every country in Europe, but then the idea of cycling to China caught my imagination. This new destination has both familiar and unfamiliar environments.

In the last few years I’ve completed a couple of miniature tours, from England to Paris and England to Wales with my friend Eddie Stuart.

After these comparably tiny trips I realised I wanted something bigger. My initial plan was to cycle to every country in Europe, but then the idea of cycling to China caught my imagination. This new destination has both familiar and unfamiliar environments.

In the last few years I’ve completed a couple of miniature tours, from England to Paris and England to Wales with my friend Eddie Stuart.

After these comparably tiny trips I realised I wanted something bigger. My initial plan was to cycle to every country in Europe, but then the idea of cycling to China caught my imagination. This new destination has both familiar and unfamiliar environments.

SO, AFTER OVER A YEAR OF PLANNING, HERE I AM. CLOSE TO SETTING OFF THINKING “WHAT AM I DOING?”

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I WILL BE CARRYING MY TENT, SLEEPING BAG, AND OTHER 'ESSENTIALS' ON MY TREK 520.

Carrying all the equipment will mean I can camp in different locations each night and be pretty self-sufficient, but the extra weight does hinder me on the hills.

Another way to find somewhere to sleep for the night is ‘Warm Showers’. An app that puts me in touch with other cycle nuts living in the area, hopefully they’ll be kind enough to put a stinky cyclist up for the night.

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THE ROUTE

THE TOUR WILL TAKE ME THROUGH  A TOTAL OF 20 COUNTRIES

THE TOUR WILL TAKE ME THROUGH  A TOTAL OF 20 COUNTRIES

The countries listed are pretty varied so I should be satisfied on the adventure front, It’ll be an exciting moment leaving Europe for the first time too.

Most of Europe should be fairly easy when it comes to border crossings, once I hit Central Asia is where it will get tricky. I’ll be using tourist Visa’s to travel through each country, I have a feeling there might be some mad dashes to borders.