Swanage cyclist braves extreme conditions to complete 10,000 mile bike ride

Bournemouth Echo: Adam Crisp Adam Crisp

SWANAGE charity cyclist Adam Crisp braved plunging temperatures, weeks of isolation and mountainous terrain to complete his epic 10,000 mile Dorset to Bangkok bike ride.

The 26-year-old, who left Purbeck last summer, arrived in the Thai capital after pedalling for 10 gruelling months.

“The hardest parts of the trip would probably be the cold,” said a triumphant Adam, who crossed the finish line at Bangkok’s Statue of Victory earlier this month.

“When it dropped to minus 25 degrees, being unable to warm up for hours on end got very tough. Twice in this bitterly cold weather I had to hitchhike as I thought I could lose my hands and feet.

“Also, cycling down a mountain with the road under two feet of snow didn’t seem the safest thing I have ever done.”

Adam was due to tackle the momentous ride, in aid of Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes, alongside fellow cyclist Joe Ciardini. However, Joe pulled out because of injury before the pair had crossed the English Channel.

Undeterred, Adam pressed on alone, crossing 26 countries in a bid to raise as much as he could for the two charities.

Among the highlights of his adventure was his time in Iran.

“The Iranian’s showed true generosity through the whole country, with people offering me a bed and a meal in every town. Vehicles would stop just ahead of where I would be cycling and they’d make me a cup of tea.”

Sometimes Adam could ride for weeks without speaking to anyone, and he admits he found this aspect of the challenge hard.

Upon finishing he said: “I had a feeling of relief that I had finished my ride, but also I felt a little sad that my journey had come to the finishing point.

Adam plans to take a short break now, before returning to England in April. He intends to cycle home to Swanage from London, arriving on April 10.

Proud mum Brenda said: “Adam is hoping a few friends will meet him in Bournemouth to cycle the last few miles to Swanage with him.”

Sponsor Adam via myprojects.c ancerresearchuk. org/fundraise/ fundraising-pages/swanagetobangkok

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2:14pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Alantrom says...

Well done Adam,
I feel good if I make it from Bear Cross to Blandford and back; yes on a bike but please not let's not start another car v cyclist tirade.
Well done Adam, I feel good if I make it from Bear Cross to Blandford and back; yes on a bike but please not let's not start another car v cyclist tirade. Alantrom
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5:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14

scrumpyjack says...

Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity.

Makes my stupid blood boil.
Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity. Makes my stupid blood boil. scrumpyjack
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7:12pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

Well done. No good effort goes without reward.

I am glad he found the Iranians to be most hospitable. They are a wonderful people. However, their government is not. It hangs gay teenagers for being what they are.

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=DSSAfBsP
zsI
Well done. No good effort goes without reward. I am glad he found the Iranians to be most hospitable. They are a wonderful people. However, their government is not. It hangs gay teenagers for being what they are. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=DSSAfBsP zsI Yankee1
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8:39pm Sun 6 Apr 14

sprintervanman says...

top marks and well done on a brilliant achievement.I remember a certain cycle/explorer by the name of A Humphreys worrying about crossing certain parts of the middle east and as he said after the journey 'the only thing he was in danger of dying of in that area was over eating due to the hospitality of locals'. Best wishes for any future cycle rides.
top marks and well done on a brilliant achievement.I remember a certain cycle/explorer by the name of A Humphreys worrying about crossing certain parts of the middle east and as he said after the journey 'the only thing he was in danger of dying of in that area was over eating due to the hospitality of locals'. Best wishes for any future cycle rides. sprintervanman
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8:46am Mon 7 Apr 14

bourne free says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity.

Makes my stupid blood boil.
Lets hope you never need any help from any of the charities he raise money ,
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity. Makes my stupid blood boil.[/p][/quote]Lets hope you never need any help from any of the charities he raise money , bourne free
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9:04am Mon 7 Apr 14

Franks Tank says...

bourne free wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity.

Makes my stupid blood boil.
Lets hope you never need any help from any of the charities he raise money ,
Pretty sure Scrumpy-J was being ironic.
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity. Makes my stupid blood boil.[/p][/quote]Lets hope you never need any help from any of the charities he raise money ,[/p][/quote]Pretty sure Scrumpy-J was being ironic. Franks Tank
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12:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bourne free says...

Franks Tank wrote:
bourne free wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity.

Makes my stupid blood boil.
Lets hope you never need any help from any of the charities he raise money ,
Pretty sure Scrumpy-J was being ironic.
ok , lets hope so then / was this guy a landlord of a swanage pub ?
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: Yeah yeah all well and good but has he paid his "road tax"? Bluddy cyclists taking up road space whilst paying nothing to no one just to raise thousands for charity. Makes my stupid blood boil.[/p][/quote]Lets hope you never need any help from any of the charities he raise money ,[/p][/quote]Pretty sure Scrumpy-J was being ironic.[/p][/quote]ok , lets hope so then / was this guy a landlord of a swanage pub ? bourne free
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