Following a year of sporting triumph; Great Britain’s astounding athletes are continuing to display their skills, their passion and their profound courage. Bristol based engineer and keen cyclist Richard Boxhall has completed an unsupported, corner to corner cycle of the USA, raising funds for disaster relief charity ShelterBox.
Supported in his endeavour by South West Outdoor Specialist Taunton Leisure and following in the proverbial footsteps of cycling legend Bradley Wiggins; Richard took on the inspirational 5,500 mile trip in order to not only raise valuable funds but spread the honourable message behind ShelterBox.
Specialising in international disaster relief and providing emergency shelter for all those in need; Richard and his supporters are continuing to wave the British flag in the commendable fundraising work.
Provided with the valuable supplies, Easton Kilo tent and kit by Taunton Leisure; Richard’s mission began in the South West of England and saw him arrive in Neah Bay, Washington to begin his daily one hundred mile trek.
Passing through countless historical states, Richard spent over 500 hours on his trusted bike, a customised Thorn Raven Tour; designed and built in Bridgwater Somerset and saw off countless frightening moments including a narrow avoidance of Hurricane Sandy.
A huge success, the trip was defined by Richard as one of the biggest challenges of his life; “It’s hard to describe…I guess it is a mixture of elation and sadness. I am obviously elated to have completed my journey on time and within budget. I am also excited to be reunited with loved ones and do all the things I have missed. When I left the UK I was terrified at spending three months on my own but my fears never materialised…if you ever hear of anyone planning any ‘crazy’ journeys, tell them to go for it!” Richard Boxhall
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