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