Turkey to Turkmenistan: Super Hero Will Hodson Rides for the Power of Bicycles
What started out as a goofy fundraising idea of cycling and running races dressed as things like a Roman Gladiator or a banana has become a long-term, motivational project to teach kids about the Power of Bikes. Will Hodson, a primary school teacher in London, now spends his summer holidays as SuperCyclingMan! Each summer, he cycles 4000km in 4 weeks, always starting and finishing in places that begin with the letter T. First it was Tooting to Turkey, and this year Turkey to Turkmenistan. The future lineup will take him to Tibet, Thailand, Tokyo, and finally to Texas!
Will’s goal is to raise £100,000 (over $150,000 USD!) for five fantastic charities: World Cancer Research Fund, Parkinson’s UK, Sustrans, World Wildlife Fund and of course, World Bicycle Relief.
Will has chosen WBR as a benefactor because, like us, he knows that bicycles can change lives. He explains, “For me, living in Western Europe with spiralling childhood obesity problems, it’s more about encouraging children from developed countries to be more active and to see the health benefits of cycling. Supporting a charity like World Bicycle Relief also offers the opportunity to deepen children’s education about parts of the world where a bicycle can mean the difference between getting an education or not.”
Will plans to be the first person ever to travel all the way around the world on two wheels in a superhero costume. He hopes kids worldwide will follow him online as he rides, tracking his progress and learning about the countries he’s in. His site also includes a personalized profile where kids can log in and track their own miles--and each time they do, they get a motivational message from SuperCyclingMan.
“I have a simple message: #WeCanBeHeroes. We can ALL do small acts of heroism every day...we can donate to charity, we can give up our seat for a stranger, we can do something that scares us. And whatever your talents, whether they are reading, singing or cycling, take them as far as you can! If you keep practising, your talents might just take you all the way around the world!”