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British cyclist arrives in Hong Kong after 10 months on slow bike to China

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HONG KONG, PRC (18 Jan) – British adventurer Edward Genochio cycled into Hong Kong at the end of a 20,000-kilometre (12,500-mile) bicycle journey across two continents. Genochio, 27, was greeted with a traditional English tea — at the end of a gruelling 10-month journey that raised thousands of dollars for a British wheelchair charity. “It […]

HONG KONG, PRC (18 Jan) – British adventurer Edward Genochio cycled into Hong Kong at the end of a 20,000-kilometre (12,500-mile) bicycle journey across two continents.

Genochio, 27, was greeted with a traditional English tea — at the end of a gruelling 10-month journey that raised thousands of dollars for a British wheelchair charity.

“It feels odd knowing I won’t have to pedal all day tomorrow,” said the bedraggled Genochio, sporting an unruly beard after not shaving since he left his hometown of Exeter in southwest England last April.

The computer programmer rode through 17 countries, crossing the Siberian plains and the vast Gobi Desert, to reach his goal.

En route, he lost his custom-built mountain bike when a horse galloped off with it as he camped in Mongolia.

“I’m not sure if there was someone on the horse, but police did say they caught the animal with my bike — it was wrecked after being dragged around,” said Genochio, after his arrival on Monday.

His plight won the hearts of millions back home and he received offers of several new bikes.

His on-bike computerised distance gauge read 20,541 kilometres at the end of his odyssey. Source: AFP

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