Ross is cycling 10,000 miles from Shanghai back home to Glasgow

Ross McKechnie plans to begin his epic journey next month, arriving home in Glasgow in February 2020.
Ross McKechnie plans to begin his epic journey next month, arriving home in Glasgow in February 2020.

A Busby physical education teacher is set to embark on an epic challenge – cycling 10,000 miles through 21 countries in just eight months.

Ross McKechnie will cycle back home to Scotland from China where he as been living for the past five years.

He’ll be raising funds for Achieve More! Scotland, a Glasgow-based charity that aims to deliver free sports, volunteer, and employment opportunities to young people in the local community.

Ross said: “The PE teacher in me is constantly searching for ways to remind students that ‘the impossible’ is just a mindset.

“I want to keep this idea alive in my own life and visible in others. So here is my impossible:

“When I first read about the Silk Road as a boy, I dreamt of one day getting to see it for myself.

“Having recently decided to move back home from China, the idea resurfaced.

“So I bought myself a Marin touring bike and set my date of departure for July 6 to head back to Scotland, aiming to arrive in February 2020.

“Having lived in Shanghai for five years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing students.

“As Director of Sports, I’ve push the boundaries of our school’s programme, from indoor skiing practices to sailing field trips to Spain.

“While these developments have been exciting, I couldn’t help realising that many students back home may never have the privilege of such adventures.

“This cycling journey is meant to challenge this notion. It has presented me with a chance to fundraise and partner with Achieve More! Scotland.

“The fundraising target I have set for myself is £10,000 thats one pound for every mile that I’ll be cycling. The trip is completely self funded, so any donations that I receive will go towards changing the lives of Scotlands young people.

To donate, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RossontheRoad

You can follow Ross’ progress on Instagram at @Elder_Goose92.