An Islander who has taken on the challenge to cycle from Jersey to New Zealand has had his spirits dashed as his bike has been stolen in Amsterdam. Dan Monins (25) left Jersey on 16th November and has already covered over 1000 miles from North Wales to Jersey and then through France and then Belgium before meeting friends in Holland.
Dan was ready to leave Amsterdam on Thursday morning, leaving to spend Christmas with friends in Germany. When Dan left his hotel room to find his locked bike had been stolen. Dan expressed his shock “I was absolutely gutted and stunned when I realised my bike had been stolen. I immediately went to the police but they explained that thousands of bikes are stolen every year by professional thieves, which are often shipped out of Amsterdam on the same evening. I was able to store my bike indoors when I was travelling through France but in Amsterdam they have so many bike tourists that when I asked the hotel they insisted I padlock it outside. It was impossible to find insurance for the bike given the length of my journey and the the many countries I will have to pass through. I am desperate to replace it so I can continue, I am determined to finish the challenge.”
The bright yellow Harrier Expedition Bike worth £1,400 had been bought and customised especially for Dan’s challenge of cycling half way round the world; a total of approximately 17,000 miles and 22 countries. His planned route after Holland will take him through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan,China,Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia,
Singapore, Australia and finally New Zealand.
Dan and his family in Jersey contacted Headway with the shocking news and hope that there may be someone with a contact in Holland or a company in Jersey who may be able to help Dan get a new Bike so he can continue his journey. Beth Gallichan, fundraiser and events organiser at Headway explained “Dan has set himself an incredible challenge to help raise funds for Headway. He had paid for all his own equipment and travel expenses. Dan wanted to support a local charity raising over £1000 already with a target of raising over £17,000 to support Islanders who are affected by brain injuries. He made a great effort to make sure he was fully prepared for the journey. It’s such a shame that this unfortunate incident has stopped him in his tracks and left him stranded before Christmas. If there is anyone who has contacts in Holland or is able to help fund a new bike to help Dan continue his challenge please get in touch.”
This phenomenal challenge is expected to take some time to complete. Travelling 80-100km per day Dan estimates he will reach New Zealand some time in 2015.
Any help individuals or business can give will be greatly appreciated. Anyone who can assist are encouraged to get in touch with Beth Gallichan or Davis Walters at Headway on 505937.