Training rides up Cypress Mountain don’t come close to what Daniel Burgi is about to experience.
The North Vancouver man is preparing for an epic bike ride through the Himalayas to support his charity, which is raising money for struggling Nepalese children.
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He gets the same reaction every time he tells anyone about his plan.
“Crazy,” he told Global’s This is BC.
“Everyone said ‘You’re crazy,’ but I already knew that.”
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On September 10, Burgi and four other riders will embark on an epic six-day bike ride through the Himalayas of northern India, reaching altitudes of nearly 5,500 meters (18,000 feet).
“Two of the highest motorable passes in the world,” said Burgi. “I say rideable, they’re not really rideable, but we’ll just try.”
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On a previous trip to northern India, he rented a cheap bike to test part of the route. But on this trip he was only out for a few hours, not six full days in a row.
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“The biggest challenge is that I’m not actually a cyclist,” says Burgi with a laugh. “I hardly know what I’m doing.”
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Before moving to North Vancouver, Burgi lived in Nepal and saw the struggles of local children, many of whom are orphans, living on the streets.
He founded his non-profit charity Himalayan Life to provide support through education. The group built a school and started programs that helped hundreds of children reach their potential.
“They would say, ‘We were nobody, now we are someone.’ They have found their place in the community,” said Burgi.
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“I look forward to connecting with so many families along the way whose children actually attend our school.”
He’s been training hard for the big ride next month. And while climbing the local mountains is a breeze, imagine what it’s like in the Himalayas.
“You just can’t get enough air in your lungs and that’s just the way it is,” he explained.
Burgi and his team are up for an incredible challenge, and he says they might even try to find ways to surpass them in the future.
“Maybe we’ll do it again. Maybe we’ll make it an annual event,” Burgi said. “Let’s see how this goes first.”
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