A man who decided to ride from his home town of Bristol around the globe to Brisbane in Australia has completed the challenge and raised more than £8,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Ed Cox’s epic journey, which he completed this week, took him through northern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and the Far East. Travelling on a shoestring budget, he spent many nights sleeping by the roadside before being eventually greeted in Brisbane by his family and long-term girlfriend.
Ed was not intending the trip to be a fundraiser, but nominated the Alzheimer’s Society after his grandma was diagnosed with the disease.
He said on his Just Giving webpage: “I initially decided to not make this a ‘charity ride’, because it was just about me cycling off on an adventure and having some fun… However, some people indicated that they would like to make a donation to charity in the Bristol2Brisbane name. My Grandma has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and so I have set up a Just Giving page, although there is absolutely no obligation for people to donate.”
And people were so impressed by his feat of exercise and determination, they have pledged more than £8,600 to the charity.
The 26-year-old, who planned the trip ‘on a whim’ – completed the epic journey in nine months.