Claudio Barchiesi hadn’t done much cycling when he set his sights on an epic ride. Despite his inexperience, the 20-year-old college student decided he was going to ride 15-hundred kilometers (932 miles) from his home in Barzano, Italy, to his grandparents’ home in Suffolk, England, to help raise money for cancer research.
Every day for two months, Barchiesi trained for the ride before setting off on August 23rd. His initial goal was to raise a euro for every kilometer he rode to benefit the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research, but he quickly surpassed that goal and raised over 4-thousand euros (over $4-thousand USD).
For 15 days, Barchiesi made his way across the Swiss Alps, through France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium before taking a ferry from The Netherlands to England. Then on September 7th, he finally arrived at his grandparents’ home in Bury St Edmunds, northeast of London. He was met by family under a banner saying how proud they are of him. "It was really nice to pull up round the bend and see everyone,” Barchiesi says. But no one was quite as proud as his grandmother who says, "I've never been prouder of anything in my whole life."