Robert has now completed his bike ride around the world. Cycling 18,425 miles through 29 countries and taking 18 months there was a wonderful homecoming in Nottingham. Family and friends old and new from near and far came to welcome him back. Many strands of his life were represented, family, work, church, university, sporting and charities. The welcome was led by Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood, Mick Brown, Mayor of Broxtowe, Robin Roth, CEO of Traidcraft and Colin Slater.
Not even a broken bike-saddle shaft, has stopped Robert Cleave from Bramcote, crossing 5 Continents and 29 Countries to cycle more than 18,000 miles, using 7 sets of tyres, experiencing hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, floods, dessert crossings and diversions, to fulfil his long time dream of cycling around the world.
Saturday 19th October, Cleave, 64 from Bramcote was welcomed home to Nottingham as he cycled the final miles with family and supporters joining in as they too cycled the final mile with him. A total of 18,425 miles!
Cleave, who departed from Bramcote in April 2018 said ‘whilst I am presently, unofficially the oldest known person to have cycled around the world it is all rather surreal, 10 years of planning with a few hiccups along the way have not put me off pursuing my dream’.
Over £23,000 has been raised by very generous donations to the two charities Traidcraft Exchange and Cancer Research UK.
Here are a selection of photographs from Robert’s homecoming. Further details and photos can be found on his website www.robertsride18000.com