A trainee solicitor has conquered a 90-mile a day bike ride through Europe to fight poverty in Africa.
Stuart Knight, who is about to join Herbert Smith, raised money for FARM Africa, an international non-governmental organisation that works to tackle rural poverty.
Knight said: “I was inspired to do the trip because I just really enjoy cycling. I find it relaxing and challenging and on a bike, as you’re travelling slower, you have more time to see the things you’re passing by.
“Farm Africa seemed to have an approach to sustainable charity which I like. So it seemed like a good choice to benefit from my trip,” he added.
Without any previous long distance cycling experience, Knight had to juggle a rigorous training schedule with his job, cycling for around four hours a day across the South Downs.
He described the most challenging aspect was realising that no day would be easy, adding: “Whether it was having strong headwinds, which meant we could go only half speed, or rolling hills, or big trucks thundering passed. I also had a bit of a fall and I bruised my hips and got a lot of scrapes which made sleeping in the tent even more uncomfortable.”
The trip took Knight and his friend Adam Cusworth from Basingstoke to Portmouth where they boarded a ferry to Le Havre. They then cycled through France to Bordeaux before heading to Perpignan where they began their ascent through the Pyrenees through Spain.
Knight raised over £630 in the challenge with the help of his new employer, which donated an extra £250 for the cause.