'I spent four months cycling 9,300 miles home from China to Newcastle'

Looking for a different way to import a bike to the UK, Josh Reid picked one up off a production line in Shanghai, riding 9,300 miles home through 15 countries, sleeping at the side of the road and being taken in by strangers along the way

Josh Reid (Josh Reid/Instagram)

When backpackers in their early twenties head over to Southeast Asia they'll pack the usual swimming costumes, insect repellent, sunglasses, maybe a couple of books to keep them occupied while nursing their mosquito bites on a sweltering Thai island beach.

What most won't lug around the peninsula, however, is all the cycling kit you need to ride the 9,300-mile journey home to Newcastle.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.