Phil Moses from Stanmore, London, has cycled from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City to raise money for World Jewish Relief and other charities.
Moses, 53, is a self-professed cycling cynic, preferring open-top cars as ‘easier, safer and faster’. Having never cycled more than 15km in one go until six weeks beforehand, his intensive training paid off throughout the 510 gruelling kilometres of cycling (the rest of the 900km overall distance was done on a tour bus).
The two-week ride took him through the South of Thailand, into Cambodia, through some of the most rural areas that he had ever seen and then into Ho Chi Minh City. He undertook the whole journey with his friend Stuart Pearl and they joined 16 others, on a ride organised by Exodus Tours.
Moses has raised over £2,000 for World Jewish Relief with further funds raised for three other charities too. Moses cited the fact that World Jewish Relief works both in and beyond the Jewish community as a key factor in his decision to support the charity.
His favourite part of the ride was cycling through remote villages in Vietnam: ‘Everyone, especially the kids, were so pleased to see us. Even happier than Alfie our dog is when I get home!
“They were bartering, trading, selling all kinds of produce and useful items; there were animals running everywhere – it was like something we haven’t seen in this country for hundreds of years.
I would definitely do it again, it was a fabulous trip!"