— Tom Davies (@tomdaviesrtw) July 26, 2015
After 174 days on the road, which had seen him chased by dogs in Albania, runaway from monkeys and race an emu in Australia, Tom Davies arrived back in London where he’d started on January 17 having raised around £60,000 for charity.
The 19 year old arrived home on Sunday to a street party after riding the final leg from Poole in Dorset back to London. Tom visited the store with his father last winter for a bike fit and build. He casually explained to the bike fit team that he was looking for a bicycle to cycle around the world, solo, for charity. We've followed Tom's blog and regular Twitter updates from the moment he left the Condor store last Christmas.
Tom chose a light blue Fratello equipped it with Shimano Ultegra, handbuilt wheels and Brooks Cambium saddle. We build lots of bikes and the Fratello is a popular choice for lightweight tourer, Tom's aims though were alittle different to most, he planned to be the youngest person to cycle around the world.
The trip raised money for charities including Prostate Cancer UK; Carney’s Community, which works with disadvantaged young people; and the Sohana Research Fund, set up to support Sohana Collins, a teenager who suffers from recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, an incurable and often fatal illness that causes severe blistering of the skin.
The Guardian reports that Tom was very emotional when he spoke about Sohana when he arrived back in London. "I met Sohana herself and it’s just inspirational what she goes through every day. I’ve had a hard seven months but she puts up with it her whole life.”
You can see all of Tom's ride on his Strava page and his blog, is a fantastic read.
Final Stats: 18,046 miles 174 days riding 21 countries 1 very tired teenager (And 1 superb bike @condorcycles) pic.twitter.com/CYaUbi1qz2— Tom Davies (@tomdaviesrtw) August 10, 2015