"I have lived in the UK all my life, primarily in full time education. Having just completed my A Levels after five years at boarding school in the Oxfordshire countryside, I wanted to take a gap year to 'see the world' and do something more exciting before going to university to read Economics. But as fun as it sounds, going to "find myself" in Thailand wasn't for me. Hence why I have found myself signed up to do a 10,000 kilometer cycle across some of the least travelled areas of the World. So rather than attend the Full Moon Party in Thailand, I'll be ridding myself of life's excesses and cycling from Beijing to Tehran along the historic Silk Road. That might sound like a bad deal but I look forward to experiencing new and unfamiliar cultures and countries, whilst achieving something worthwhile through the funds raised for our charity, A Child Unheard."
"Having finished school, I was eager to do something unusual with my gap year before heading off to read History at Saint Andrews. From a young age I have been lucky enough to have travelled extensively and to have completed some exciting challenges for charity. I feel cycling from Beijing to Tehran will prove to be the most rewarding and, inevitably, toughest challenge yet. It should provide a genuine picture of the peoples and countries that I shall be passing through. Cycling the Silk Road should provide a authentic insight into a route of great historical significance. I believe that the slower you travel in a country the better you come to understand it and at a time of such unilateral change in the cultural traditions of these regions, I hope to have the privilege of seeing them before they disappear entirely."