With Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory fresh in the mind, Taw Hill’s own King of the Mountains Brian Mildenhall will cycle 1,011km along the Friendship Highway from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu from 31 August to 23 September to raise funds for Angel’s Orphanage in Nepal.
A keen supporter of the orphanage since 2010, Brian hopes to raise enough money to provide food for the 21 children at Angel’s home for fifty days.
Explaining the economics, Brian said: “It costs £1 a day to feed a child a basic breakfast and dinner of rice, lentils and curried vegetables. Every penny I raise will go to feeding the children, with no hidden admin costs.”
Apart from the distance Brian will be cycling most of the time at over 4,000 metres, 17,000 feet. He will have to take on hill climbs over distances of up to 25 km, with all the attendant breathlessness of thinner mountain air.
Commenting on his training schedule Brian said: “I’ve only been cycling for enjoyment for about five years; I don’t do races and I’m not a member of a club. Normally I go on 30 to 50 mile rides but to prepare for this event I cycled up Alpe D’Huez in France – as seen in the Tour de France – and at the moment I’m doing 200 miles a week around the Marlborough and Lambourne Downs to keep fit.”
Donate to Brian’s cause: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tibettobike