This year’s Around the World Cycle Challenge has gone truly global. Two Brighton cyclists, Paul Bonett and Jim Stevenson are cycling through the Himalayas towards the Tibet border in northwest India.
The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge is an annual event organised by Brighton Housing Trust to raise much needed funds for First Base Day Centre which provides services for rough sleepers throughout the year.
Paul Bonett, who has for many years, supported the work of BHT, explained: “Last year, having cycled all day around the Brighton Velodrome for BHT, the homeless support charity, I said I’d do it again. But this year, Jim and I are heading off on a crazy trip in the Himalayas and won’t be in Brighton for the day long charity event. So we will add our Indian miles to the local total!
“Our trip is very arduous, heading towards the Tibet (China) border in Northwest India, needing a self-sufficient approach to travelling with no frills.
“BHT needs your help so please take the time to make a donation and when we get back, we hope to be able to tell a tale. Thank you.”
The Around the World Cycle Ride is part of the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge which includes the challenge of cycling 69,215 times around the Velodrome in Preston Park or one of two ‘Living Coast’ rides around the South Downs, one 30 miles, the other 58 miles.
Extreme cycling challenges are nothing new for Paul and Jim. Two years ago they cycled from North Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands to Brighton, playing golf or teaching Aikido every other day during the journey, before riding from Brighton to Paris the day after they arrived back in their home city.
To sponsor Paul and Jim, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-bonett5
For more information regarding the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge, please go to www.bht.org.uk