On Your Bike
Cornwall-based Devonian, David Piper is an adventurer of global standards. Used to disappearing to the far corners of the earth on cycle trips of 500 miles or more, he is hoping to raise some money for Scope, a charity who works with cerebral palsy.
David Piper, a Plymouthian who now lives in Cornwall, has ridden bikes from a very young age. He considers himself a belligerent cyclist, frequently falling out with car drivers who do not give him right of way, but also campaigning for safer cycle routes.
David in Cambodia
Instead of going on an average holiday, David will set off on cycling adventures of 500 to 1000 miles around different parts of the world experiencing a range of cultures.
David also rides with local team; Chodskis Indians, formerly known as Cornwall Mountain Bike Club, and has been a regular competitor at endurance races around the globe.
After spending a large amount of his 43 years on the planet riding across East Asia, Rome, Jordan and the old faithful Lands end to John O'Groats route, David is trying to raise money and awareness for Scope, an organisation in Cornwall for people with cerebral palsy.
Scope's work helps disabled people "achieve equality in a society where they can be valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else". Their work helps individuals with the condition and also their careers and family members.
Enjoying a scenic view of East Asia.
When asked why he cycles as far as he does instead of having a normal holiday David says: "Little by little I'm joining up a line that will hopefully make a complete circumnavigation".
Highlights of previous trips include riding through the ancient Roman ruins of Hierapolis in Turkey and sleeping in a monastery in Syria in full Lycra.
David isn't making a specific trip to raise money for Scope but hopes that people following his adventures will be encouraged to support the organisation in future.
"I'm always making a conscious effort to raise funds and awareness for the work that Scope do"
last updated: 25/03/2009 at 13:28