A ride at the top of the world

A WELL-TRAVELLED cyclist from Harrogate is planning an expedition through the Kashmiri area of Northern India in aid of a Tanzanian charity project started by a couple from the town.

Eric Waters, 61, who crossed the Alps while cycling from Harrogate to Italy over two years ago, is taking the 11-day journey with a group of 20 other riders in aid of Neema Crafts, the project started by Andy and Suzy Hart and supported by several schools and churches in the area.

“I have been blessed with good health and fitness, and I want to use that to help disabled youngsters being treated through physiotherapy at Neema”, Eric said.

Eric’s ride began on Monday, August 15 and will take him through the mountain kingdom of Ladakh reaching heights of some 18,400 feet, and in total travelling 400 miles and climbing 37,346 feet.

He will ride on the highest road in the world, the Khurdung La, facing possible altitude sickness and exhaustion.

Eric, a member of St Mark’s Church, Harrogate, said he was confident of completing the ride, having been in training with long distance cycle rides, reduced oxygen gym training, and previous experience walking the Inca trail in South America.

He aims to raise £2,000 and anyone who wants to support him can visit www.justgiving.com/Eric-Waters or follow his facebook page, Cycling the Himalayas.