30,000 kms and 35 countries in 450 days: Kozhikode man to cover TVM-London stretch on cycle


Fayiz Asharaff

Kozhikode: Fayiz Asharaff, a native of Kozhikode’s Thalakulathur is getting ready for an ambitious attempt. He is planning to cover Thiruvananthapuram to London stretch in a cycle. The cycle trip covering 30,000 km, 35 countries and two continents will be kicked off on August 15, Independence day. He plans to complete the trip within 450 days.

Fayiz has been pursuing cycling as a passion for some years. He worked as an engineer for five years and quit the profession. It was his cycle trip to Singapore in 2019 that build his confidence. He was able to complete the trip within 104 days. Similarly, his wife Asmin and children Fahasin and Omar have been always his morale boosters.

According to Fayiz, his cycle trip to London has multiple objectives. Primarily, the trip gives him mental rejuvenation.

Fayiz believes that by opting for an eco-friendly mode of transportation, his attempt will send a message to the people. He also aims to propagate about culture and beauty of Kerala during his trip. During His trip will include a visit to 25 universities and 150 schools across the stretch.

Fayiz will cover India in the first 30 days. Later, he will visit Pakistan, Muscat, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Basic requirements like some pairs of dress, cycle tools, a sleeping bag and a camera are the things he will be carrying. Fayiz thinks that he can cover 80kms in a day. Being a rotary club member he can avail resting places in some locations. In other places, he will either approach spiritual centres or cast tent. He is also looking for sponsors to meet the travel expenses.

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