Cumbrian man on last leg of 10,000-mile bike ride

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A former Cockermouth School pupil who quit his job to cycle 10,000 miles around the world is on the final leg of his journey in Australia.

James Desmond, 26, who worked at the Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency, set off last July on his mammoth pedal.

Now, after cycling 15,000 kilometres through 27 countries, he has made it to Oz where he will ride from Perth to Sydney.

Starting in Europe, James cycled across the Alps before following the river Danube to the Black Sea, continuing through Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Iran in the Middle East. From there James braved the hectic roads of India and cycled into the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal, taking a break from the bike to trek to Everest base camp.

The route continued down the jungles and coastline of South East Asia before running out of land to cycle in Singapore.

Having arrived to Perth 5,000km of bush, desert and mountains stand in the way of James and his end goal of Sydney.

He said: “In what could be the toughest leg of my trip I intend to cycle the offroad Munda Biddi trail across Western Australia, before crossing the Nullabor desert and finishing with the great ocean road to Sydney.”

“Bike to the Future” is a charity cycle expedition around the globe.

The aim is to raise both funds and awareness for good causes through sponsored challenges and fundraising events.

James wanted to raise money for a local and international charity, so he chose the Bassenthwaite-based Calvert Trust which provides outdoor activity courses for people of all ages with disabilities, and Solar Aid, which looks to rid Africa of kerosene lamps by 2020.

To sponsor James visit www.justgiving.com/teams/biketothefuture or www.jamesdesmond.com/donate.

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