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An in­spir­ing cy­clist who is rid­ing around the world to help raise money to build a school in Africa made a pit stop in Rock­ing­ham over the hol­i­day pe­riod — with the

Tele­graph able to get the in­side scoop on a mas­sive jour­ney.

Claire Gover, who forms one half of the Ped­alling for Prom­ise team with Dawn Lo­gan, be­gan her jour­ney in the United King­dom in July and has since ped­alled across 17 coun­tries in­clud­ing Ger­many, Croa­tia, Bos- nia, Greece, Turkey and Azer­bai­jan.

Hav­ing taken a break to see fam­ily in Rock­ing­ham over the Christ­mas pe­riod, the school teacher said the aim of the jour­ney was to raise $US35,000 for Pen­cils of Prom­ise, which would look to build a school in Ghana with the funds raised.

“The high­light has been see­ing so many peo­ple from all over the world and how lovely they are,” Ms Gover said.

“They’ve just been so wel­com­ing. We had a punc­ture at one point and there were six or seven men try­ing to help us get it on a van to a bike shop.”

The jour­ney hasn’t been easy how­ever, with harsh weather, ter­rain and the small prob­lem of the lan­guage bar­rier of­ten throw­ing up a chal­lenge or two for the duo.

“The hard­est thing is when you are cy­cling along and your feet get so cold you feel like you have no feet,” Ms Gover said.

“You’re try­ing to push down and pedal, but you don’t know if your feet are on the ped­als be­cause you just can’t feel them, but then you get back to the apart­ment, ho­tel or the hos­tel and get a do­na­tion and re­alise this is why we are do­ing it.”

With no ma­jor cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore start­ing the huge jour­ney, Ms Gover said they had gone from rid­ing about 55km a day to be­ing able to com­plete 100km-120km.

The pair will be­gin the sec­ond leg of their jour­ney in early Jan­uary when they ride through Thai­land, Cam­bo­dia, Laos and Ja­pan be­fore head­ing to Canada and the USA for the fi­nal leg.

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Pic­ture: Claire Gover

Dawn Lo­gan and Claire Gover are rid­ing around the world to raise money to help build a school in Ghana.

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