Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - ■ by JAMES ING­HAM

Where else in the world could 13 cy­clists pull up out­side some­one’s house for a rest and then be in­vited in­side for a cup of chai tea…along with half the vil­lage who had come out to stare at their un­usual vis­i­tors?

We couldn’t stop any­where for more than five min­utes with­out at­tract­ing a huge be­mused au­di­ence.

Only the poor­est I also can’t think of many places where you must weave down the roads among buses, cars, mo­tor­bikes, tuk-tuks, cows, camels, dogs and pigs. Get­ting safely out of Agra on our bikes on the first day was enough of a rea­son to call it a “chal­lenge”.

I’m so glad that when Amy asked if I wanted to ride across In­dia with her for char­ity I said “yes” with­out a mo­ment’s thought.

I didn’t need to look at the Char­ity Chal­lenges itin­er­ary or re­search what our ad­ven­ture might en­tail be­fore mak­ing my de­ci­sion.

And if you want to visit this huge na­tion, I can’t think of a bet­ter way to do it than by moun­tain bike.

Peo­ple throw around the phrase “once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence” too of­ten.

But our amaz­ing ride was just that.

See char­i­ty­chal­ to find out more.

■ FRIENDLY: Amy at a vil­lage school and, above, with James and the gang ■

EPIC: Amy spent up to eight hours a day on her bike IN­DIA is a coun­try which has long in­trigued me. I have al­ways wanted to go, yet it has never been right at the top of my list of must­see hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.

But it was a no-brainer when I got the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence this iconic na­tion by cy­cling across it for char­ity.

And it turned out to be more in­cred­i­ble than I could have ever imag­ined.

The noisy, manic cities and poor, dirty vil­lages will not be to ev­ery­one’s taste.

But there is no deny­ing In­dia is a mag­i­cal place full of the friendli­est peo­ple you could hope to meet. of the poor cy­cle in In­dia, those with money cram in­side – or of­ten on top of – buses to get around.

So see­ing white for­eign­ers on bikes in their neigh­bour­hoods to­tally be­mused the lo­cals. ■

THIRST: James takes on flu­ids to com­bat the sear­ing heat and, above, with lo­cal kids

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