Brothers in cycle trek for charity

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From the bear infested mountains to frozen peaks, two brothers are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime to raise money for charity.

Chris and Stuart Marshall will be setting off from their homes in Ambergate before pedalling 10,000 miles on their trusty bikes to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the end of the month.

Along the way, the pair will encounter some of the harshest cycling terrains on Earth as they journey through Europe, central Asia, China, and South East Asia during a six-month expedition.

The pair’s daunting adventure is all in aid of TEACH (Time to Educate Africa’s Children), with 100 per cent of the donations raised going straight to the charity, as the trip is fully self-supported by their own hard work.

Stuart, 21, said: “We aim to do it the hard way! And we say ‘hard’ because we’re purposely avoiding some of the relative flats and warmth of the Middle East to tackle some of the toughest terrains and harshest weather conditions possible.

Among the destinations on their route are The Austrian Alps; the Steppes of Kazakhstan, where there is no civilisation for hundreds of miles and the 4,500-metre high passes of the Tien Shan Mountains.

However, Chris, 22, said it was worth facing the perilous conditions in order to raise as much cash as possible for TEACH, for whom he has been working as an intern for the last six months.

“It’s fantastic that we’re doing this ride for such a great cause,” Chris said. “TEACH are an amazing, frontline charity. Every donation made goes directly to alleviating poverty through the power of education.”

Yestersday, July 18, all ages and abilities took part in a three-mile race from Belper to the brothers’ house.

Anyone wanting to pledge a donation to the cause or for more information on the brothers’ trip in aid of the charity, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/