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12 Aug 2015

New Materials student cycles around the world alone

Tom Davies will be joining Loughborough in September to study Materials Engineering. His move to the University follows a round-the-world solo cycle ride.

Tom, 19, set himself the challenge of completing the London to London loop in 200 days to raise money for charity and become the youngest person to cycle around the world.

Starting in London, Tom rode to Istanbul and then the West and East coast of India, from Mumbai to Calcutta.  Next was Mandalay to Singapore and across the Nullarbor, from Perth to Brisbane in Australia. This was a feat in itself, as the Nullarbor is a 200,000 km square area of mainly flat, arid desert and sandstone.  

Following Australia, Tom then cycled the North and South Islands of New Zealand, before flying to San Francisco and cycling across North America to Boston. On the last leg of his journey, Tom travelled from Lisbon, through Spain and France to arrive home on Sunday 9August. 

Tom embarked on his journey to raise £50k for Prostate Cancer UK, The Sohana Research Fund and Carney’s Community and was able to document his travels in a blog detailing his experiences from start to finish.

Speaking of his amazing achievement, Tom said:  “Why am I doing this? Simply put: with a love of cycling and wanting to see the world, it seemed the obvious adventure. I also wanted to give myself a proper challenge, to see what I was capable of, before heading off to university.”

To support Tom and the charities he is raising funds for, click here.