Friends set to be saddle-sore on 8,000-mile cycle ride

Nicolas Kernick and Alex Hurst
Nicolas Kernick and Alex Hurst

A former Oundle School pupil is getting geared up for an 8,000-mile cycling expedition for charity next month.

Nicolas Kernick and fellow Cambridge graduate Alex Hurst are taking to the saddle to ride the Silk Road through seven countries, from Istanbul to Shanghai on July 3.

Nicholas, who lives in Oundle, said: “We thought it sounded like a challenge; a breath of fresh air between leaving university and starting work.

“Driving seemed too fast, walking too slow, so we decided to cycle.”

Nicolas and Alex are fundraising for two charities close to their hearts. The Lantern Community is a home for adults with learning difficulties in Hampshire and the Craft Training School is a workshop in Usbekistan, where they hope to fund a project teaching traditional craft techniques.

The expedition pedals through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Usbekistan, Tajikistan and China.

Nicolas said: “We estimate it as approximately 8,000 miles, taking us from 50 degree heat in the deserts of Kazakhstan to -30 degrees at night in the Pamirs at around 4,500m altitude.”

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