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My name is Hannes, and I'm taking my bike on a solo journey of 5,000km from my hometown of Cambridge, UK, to Istanbul.

Finished! After a long, challenging and wonderful journey, I reached the Hagia Sophia at last, and am now home safely and looking back on the greatest adventure of my life. Have a look at the pictures!

Thanks to the incredible kindness of my supporters, we have reached the fundraising target - but if you still want to help, it's not too late: the fundraiser will stay open indefinitely, and the three charities each remain an outstanding opportunity to help others.

If you make a donation, don't forget to let me know by leaving a message below!

Beginning on 23rd August 2023, it will be a long, arduous, exhausting, painful, and wonderful journey of one man, one bike, and one overcomplicated camping hammock. I am doing it to try to raise $12,000 to support three charities: Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program, the Founders Pledge Climate Change Fund, and StrongMinds.

If we reach the target, it should be enough to:

I believe these things are worth doing.

From here, you can read more about the causes and impact estimates, see the photos and strava rides, read my blog, or track my progress on the map!

Donations can be made on this page at Giving What We Can, but it's not possible to post a sponsorship message there. If you make a donation, be sure to let me know by posting a message below! It means a huge amount to me to have your support on my long journey, and creates a buzz that encourages others to help too. If you wish, you can choose to remain anonymous and just post a message, or even just register your donation.

If you have any questions, or you'd prefer to let me know by email, just send me a message at!


02 Jun 2024 14:07
Stewart Miles
Well done. A rather late donation from a university friend of your dad!

06 Jan 2024 08:56
Chris Hawksworth
Huge congratulations Hannes 🎉, enjoy the journey back

05 Jan 2024 12:33
Clare Tev.
Congratulations! Looks like an amazing lifetime adventure, fab travel pics, all for great causes!

03 Jan 2024 21:21
Awesome stuff, Hannes!

01 Jan 2024 22:38
Cumar Vasudeva
Congratulations on making it to Istanbul - an amazing achievement for some good causes.

28 Dec 2023 16:09
David Roulinson
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20 Dec 2023 09:47
Huge congratulations on making it to Istanbul despite all the challenges on the way. You are amazing!

19 Dec 2023 19:18
I'm so incredibly proud of you and everything you do. Congratulations on reaching Istanbul

19 Dec 2023 13:52
A mindblowing effort and all in the support of fantastic causes as always. Cheering you over the finishing line - go Hannes!

19 Dec 2023 07:19
Amazing work Hannes, well done! Great man, great cause, great effort!

19 Dec 2023 05:57
What a journey! I really hope you’ll meet your target, and thought I’d do my bit to help get you there. Thank you for being amazing!

18 Dec 2023 11:57
Emily Sparrow
Go on Hannes!

16 Dec 2023 18:29
Paul F
I count this as a victory lap! Well done. Stunning to think of just how many miles your have done and now your are almost within touching distance of the finish. Well done!

15 Dec 2023 12:05
Almost there, keep it up!!

14 Dec 2023 11:19
Paula mummo
Tsemppiä my hero!

13 Dec 2023 12:50
Michael P
You're so close! Please stay away from mine fields, nuclear bunkers and biohazard areas and you will have a spectacular finish!

07 Dec 2023 19:51

07 Dec 2023 07:33
Phillip is an extraordinarily generous Irishman I met in Selçuk, who was interested to hear of my travels and the causes I am supporting. He very kindly gave a donation, provided in cash which I have transferred on his behalf - thank you very much, Phillip!

04 Dec 2023 19:24
Vicki & Mark
Intrepid stuff, H, making some stonking memories along the way! Take care xxx

02 Dec 2023 16:33
Go Hannes Go!!! You are doing an amazing thing, you must be super proud of yourself! You are almost there! 🤩🤩🤩

30 Nov 2023 12:15

29 Nov 2023 08:17
You are an inspiration to us all Hannes, thank you for doing this! Keep it up, you are almost at the finish line 🌸 greetings from an old Leiri-kaveri

28 Nov 2023 13:02
Jerel of Salopia
wot only 10p a km ?- what a tight wad! ( Editor)

27 Nov 2023 21:50
What an interesting and exciting blog. You are so brave!! We hope this donation will help to keep you going as you near the end of your great challenge. You have achieved so much already. Keep pedalling!

24 Nov 2023 09:43
Keep it up Hannes, you are an inspiration! A great ride for a great cause!

24 Nov 2023 07:54
Marietta & Fay
If you are passing through Greece, you need to have a souvlaki and enjoy the views!!! Thank you for all you are doing for these causes 🩵

23 Nov 2023 18:08
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23 Nov 2023 13:31
No message

19 Nov 2023 20:58
David P
No message

18 Nov 2023 12:04
Hienosti poljettu, Hannes!

02 Nov 2023 20:52
My finances have turned out to be better than I expected, and I can think of nothing better to do with feeling like money’s less tight than supporting your efforts to direct money where it will make the most difference. Well done for being amazing, keep going and take care.

22 Oct 2023 11:08
You’re amazing Hannes; you’re doing so much good by doing this, and pushing yourself so hard to do it! Keep going - your legs may not thank you, but many others will!

20 Oct 2023 15:14
Upea matka.

08 Oct 2023 11:04
Your commitment is admirable, Hannes! Most people would only think of themselves and their tiredness at this point of the journey. Your biggest concern is raising enough funds for charity. Here's a small contribution towards the noble goal.

02 Oct 2023 08:43
What a massive effort. Nice work Hannes. You're on a very inspiring journey and you've travelled so far already!

01 Oct 2023 23:59
You're forever and always an inspiration Hannes, I have total faith in you that you'll make it to Turkey through all the highs and lows, I hope the highs outnumber the lows. Can't wait to celebrate with you when you succeed.

01 Oct 2023 22:36
Yehuda Talmy
Good luck

27 Sep 2023 19:24
I can't begin to imagine what it's like to do something this brave, but you're out there going for it, Hannes! You've got this! :)

27 Sep 2023 03:56
You're doing what I can only dream of. Bon courage!

23 Sep 2023 20:25
Alles Gute für deine Reise! Take care!

22 Sep 2023 06:31
Go Sigeric, fly like the wind!

12 Sep 2023 08:13
What a trip! Life is built around memories. This will be one great memory. Enjoy the journey!

05 Sep 2023 14:34
Good luck. Great to follow your journey.

05 Sep 2023 08:12
Hyvää matkaa Hannes! Polje myös Anjan muistolle.

04 Sep 2023 12:49
Jade A
Phenomenal effort Hannes! Stay safe out there. We are all rooting for you <3

01 Sep 2023 21:09
Jerry from IT
go go go !

29 Aug 2023 21:20
Andrew Gillett
Stay safe out there, you crazy dude!

29 Aug 2023 18:48
Onnea matkaan Hannes!

28 Aug 2023 08:01
Best of luck and lots of courage for your adventure. I hope you reach your fund raising goal!

27 Aug 2023 18:33
Aki Whittingham
Wanted to support the cause and achieving this distance on only a bike is a significant achievement! Good luck and best wishes!

21 Aug 2023 17:22
No message

21 Aug 2023 17:10
Hannes Whittingham
Transaction in progress.

18 Aug 2023 21:00
No message