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Chinese man with artificial leg cycles nearly 3,000km to Everest base camp

Adventurer planning another bike trip to Lhasa in Tibet next year, according to newspaper report

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 12:46pm

A young man from northern China who had his left leg amputated after a car accident has cycled 2,800km in the past month from Chengdu to Mount Everest base camp, a newspaper reported

Sun Youzhi, 27, reached his destination over the weekend after climbing 21 mountains, the Huashang Daily reported.

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He started the journey with more than 20 cyclists in Chengdu in Sichuan province last month, but only he and two others made it to their final destination.

Most were too tired to carry on while one took a bus to the mountain because his bicycle broke halfway through the trip.

Sun said he regained confidence in life after starting cycling in 2014, five years after his surgery.

The first time he went on a long-distance cycling tour was in February that year when he and a friend, now his wife, cycled over 2,000km from Zhengzhou in Henan province to Haikou on Hainan Island, the report said.

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Sun said his interest in the sport was inspired by another disabled cyclist he met while working as a volunteer maths teacher at Erhai in Yunnan province.

Sun and his family now own a small hotel in Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia and another in Haikou.

He plans to cycle from Xining in Qinghai province to Lhasa next year.