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Edinburgh bicyclist abandons 6th round-the-world attempt


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Edinburgh bicyclist abandons 6th round-the-world attempt

Image copyright Josh Quigley Image caption Josh Quigley has travelled 12,000 miles on his bike since he left the capital in April A cyclist forced to abandon his seventh attempt to ride around the world after his passport was damaged has decided not to give up despite the setback.Josh Quigley, 27, from Livingston, had aborted…

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Josh Quigley has travelled 12,000 miles on his bike given that he left the capital in April.

A cyclist forced to desert his seventh effort to ride all over the world after his passport was damaged has actually decided not to offer up regardless of the obstacle.

Josh Quigley, 27, from Livingston, had actually terminated the journey after his passport got wet in Australia and the United States would not enable him entry on an emergency situation one.

Now he will take a trip to Scotland for a day to renew his passport before flying back to Australia to end up the cycle.

He started the trip to beat depression and alcoholic abuse.

Known as the Tartan Explorer, he had actually cycled 12,000 miles on his bike because he left the capital in April and significant 365 days of sobriety in October.

His passport had become wet with sweat after he put it in his back pocket to make it easier to get to reveal officials as he crossed the border of Western Australia.

Mr Quigley said: “There was a huge spot over my picture and there was no way I could use it.”

Canadian winter

It would take him six weeks to get a new passport in Australia so he got an emergency situation one but then he discovered he might not go to the United States with an emergency situation passport so his only option was Canada.

However, he deserted plans when he understood too that he would be unable to cycle throughout Canada after taking a look at the weather condition projection.

He stated: “When I booked it I didn’t think about the functionalities of cycling across Canada in December.

” Now I have actually considered it I’ve understood it’s not simply a silly concept to ride throughout Canada in the winter season, it threatens. I’ve been tracking the weather and it’s currently -10 C and -15 C in some places and it’s already beginning to snow.

” I’ve offered so much of myself this year, I have actually tried so difficult to cycle around the world and now I’m faced with a situation that I can’t.”

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Media caption Josh Quigley has actually spoken about his psychological health battles and how biking assisted him

Talking To BBC Scotland from Brisbane, Mr Quigley said he would now fly to Edinburgh on Sunday to restore his passport.

” I had actually quit due to the fact that the last few days had been really difficult for me but then I sat and considered it and I believed ‘no, I need to complete this no matter what’.

” It’s my seventh attempt and I’ve never got as far as this before so I have actually found a way to bring on.

” There is a lot of pressure on me however I have faith no matter what and I decline to offer up despite this most current problem.”

He will cycle from Adelaide in Australia, where he left off, to Brisbane. Then he will cycle from Los Angeles to New york city prior to capturing a flight to Paris for the final leg back to Edinburgh.

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Stolen bike

In April, just weeks into his world effort, burglars took his bike, which he nicknamed Braveheart, from outside a hostel in London.

He overcame that obstacle, purchasing another bike and taking a trip onto France.

In 2015, after splitting from his long-lasting sweetheart, Mr Quigley was suffering badly with anxiety, and attempted to take his own life.

He stated he crashed his automobile at about 70 miles per hour on the motorway however endured.

He visited Sir Chris Hoy speaking in Edinburgh and felt motivated to get on a bike.

He stated: “At that time, I wasn’t a bicyclist. I was a couple of stone overweight, I was drinking alcohol 4 times a week – but biking was my way of attempting to get happy once again.”

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Josh with his daddy, who died in2018

After losing his daddy to leukaemia in 2018, he slipped into depression once again prior to choosing to start his seventh attempt worldwide.

Mr Quigley wants to get back in time for Christmas to be there for his mum and brother.

He stated it would be tight and it may suggest he now returns on Christmas Day.

He stated: I’m feeling truly up for it, I can do this and I will.”

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