Wesley gets on his bike to prepare for Nepal rideBy Laura McCardle
September 18, 2012
A man preparing to cycle 310km through Nepal for charity gave his training and fundraising a boost by completing a nine-hour ride on an exercise bike.
Wesley Budd, of Mill Lane, Earley, was supported by friends and family when he carried out the challenge at Asda, in Chalfont Way, Lower Earley, on Sunday, September 9.
Speaking about the epic ride, he said: “We raised around £450 in total so that was really good – that’s all going into the charity.
“It was a bit hard work, the final hour was an absolute killer.”
The 29-year-old organised the event ahead of Cycle Nepal 2012, a ride in aid of the International Childcare Trust (ICT) which he will undertake in November.
The 10-day challenge will see cyclists visit projects funded by the charity, which works in partnership with local organisations in Africa and Asia to give youngsters their childhood back.
It will be the third time he has taken part in a fundraiser of this kind.
He first completed a charity ride through India in 2005, and then took part in another in Sri Lanka.
Mr Budd, who has raised around £10,000 for charity over the years, said: “It was just a great experience to go to India for one thing, and to raise money for a really good challenge.
“We actually cycled to the projects so it’s not just an ambling project anywhere and that’s the most rewarding things about it.
“The ride is great – fantastic – but once you’ve seen what the ICT is doing it’s just really, really humbling.
“After I came back I saw things in a much different way and how lucky we all are.
“We complain and get bogged down with the day-to-day things, but after seeing things like the project and how it helps children that don’t have anything I think you can’t complain about anything.”
Mr Budd also completed both of this year’s Reading and Bracknell half marathons in aid of the ICT.
Anyone wanting to sponsor him can visit www.justgiving.com/Wesridesnepal.