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Ok, we'll invite him to speak at our gathering...

Join his inspiring page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Circle-of-Life-On-the-trail-of-the-Silk-Road/110893858961202

http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/Drivers/Story/A1Story20110902-297348.html

Student cycles 6,000km along Silk Road on bamboo bike

By Danson Cheong

Dressed in his adventure gear with one leg slung over his weather-beaten bamboo bike, Mr Chuah Sun Soon looks every bit the intrepid adventurer he is.

At the age of 26, the Singapore Management University (SMU) undergrad has probably seen more of the world than many of his peers will see in their lifetime.

On Aug 19, he returned from his biggest challenge yet - a 110-day solo cycling expedition during which he cycled 5,723km through part of the Silk Route in Central Asia and then through South-east Asia to Singapore.

His journey, which started in April this year, was completed on a bamboo bike he built with two friends in his four-room HDB home in Geylang East.

The expedition - called the Circle of Life - was aimed at highlighting the versatility of green materials like bamboo and also to explore opportunities for eco-tourism in Central Asia. But it wasn't his first trip.

In 2009, he rode a motorcycle from India to Russia, covering more than 12,000km.

Said Mr Chuah, a fourth-year business management student: "The Circle of Life is so-called because it's not just an expedition - we want it to be sustainable and to involve people after the adventure with social programmes we implement."

His team-mates - fellow undergrad Lin Weijian, 25, and 26-year-old Malaysian businessman Kenny Chin - handled the team's business operations while he was travelling.

They are in talks with organisations like the Yellow Ribbon Project to get ex-offenders to make bamboo bikes for use in tourist-frequented areas in Singapore.

"In the future we could even explore setting up cycle-touring trips to Central Asia," said Mr Chuah. The meticulous planning for his journey started in January last year.

"After the motorcycle trip, I've been wanting to do an expedition on a bicycle. It so happened that SMU also offered me an exchange programme in Kazakhstan starting January this year," said Mr Chuah.

However, going on a cycling expedition with any old regular bike was not going to cut it - that was why Mr Chuah decided to build his own bamboo bike.

He pointed out that bamboo was ideally suited as a material for bicycles.

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For those who read Chinese...

http://www.zaobao.com.sg/sp/sp110831_014.shtml
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Re: Student cycles 6,000km along Silk Road on bamboo bike
« Reply #2 on: Oct 02, 11, 05:15 AM »
Ahsun is having a mini photo exhibition at botanic garden mrt station today. His extraordinary bamboo bike is also on display. Circle of life project at preview opening of circle line, how clever.

This Friday 7th Oct, he is talking about his trip at Life Cycle shop. More details soon.