Bike ride in Italian heat is all worthwhile

TRIP Lloyd Ansell on his bike
TRIP Lloyd Ansell on his bike

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A TEACHER has cycled about 600 miles across Italy to raise money for a school in Cambodia.

Lloyd Ansell spent a week cycling from Milan south to Sicily.

Lloyd, who is head of design and technology at Portsmouth Grammar School, has helped raise around £10,000 to help children in a village in Cambodia.

Pupils at the school also raised money by taking part in various events throughout the academic year, including the annual sixth form variety show.

The 42-year-old, who lives near Chichester, said: ‘It was quite a tough country in terms of cycling because of the mountains.

‘But I wanted to do something that would really challenge me.

‘Being on your own and running out of water at the top of a mountain isn’t very pleasant.

‘But the sort of view and things you see up on a mountain are pretty special.’

However, Lloyd said that the heat proved to be a problem.

‘It was incredibly hot,’ he added.

‘I went near Rome and I had heard that the Colosseum had been closed because of the heat.

‘The heat and having a very heavy rucksack on my back was very tough.

‘It’s been a fantastic experience over the whole year doing the fundraising.

‘I’m proud of what I have done but I’m more proud of what the community has done.’

In the past, he has ridden 500 miles coast to coast across Mexico in aid of Cancer Research.

He also pedalled 370 miles from Saigon in Vietman to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, raising around £4,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.