One thousand and eleven kilometres is a long way. Just over 630 miles. Pretty much the distance from Swindon to Lyon, France or Swindon to Newcastle and back again.
It is also the distance from Lhasa, in Tibet, to Kathmandu where the children live. I will be cycling this route, the Friendship Highway, in September to raise money for the children.
Oh, it’s also at altitude. The average altitude is 4,000 metres (over 13,000 ft) with some of the mountain passes as high as 5,200 metres (17,000 ft). As it says in the brochure, this will leave all but the best gasping for breath (and I’m expecting to be gasping!)
This is one of the ultimate biking challenges – an epic ride across the ‘forbidden land’ across high altitude desert, over awesome mountain passes, Rongbuk Monastery and Base Camp for views of the north face of Everest, before making the 160km 4,600m descent (a drop of 3 miles) into Nepal. A tough trip.
My aim is to raise money to support the children. Every penny donated will go the children (the cost of the trip is my personal expense) and donations can be made at ‘My Donate’ by searching for me, Brian Mildenhall, or straight to www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tibettobike
My thanks to Sally Day, the first to sponsor me, who I met at the Ambassador Garden Home on my last visit to Nepal, and to Qatar Airways whose refund for my bungled flight home is also going to this great cause.
If you can help by promoting this to your friends and colleagues that would be marvellous. Also if anyone knows how to publicise this through social media, please do get in touch. Thank you.