"It was never easy. Every stage of this Hijrah Ride obstacles were thrown in our way," said emotional and very tired Shamsul Abdin after a gruelling day of cycling; the team finally reached at the gates of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina in the wee hours of Thursday completing the UK's first Hijrah Ride 1443 on Thursday.
The H&K Cycle Club team members are used to hostile terrains during the annual 3 Cities Tour. Still, the desert heat, humidity and wind speed that hits them every day during Hijrah Ride have tested their stamina and resolve throughout this challenge.
"It was like being in an air-fryer and sandblast simultaneously," said Soifur Rahman.
The cyclists from the H&K CC team participated in the UK's first Hijrah Ride to support children suffering from congenital heart defects living in Asia and Africa.
The London based club has been one of the most dedicated and passionate supporters of Muntada Aid's Little Hearts project. We have carried out three missions in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Egypt with their support.
Over the last three years, the team has raised close to £200,000 for this project alone. They are also supporting an education programme in East Africa.
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