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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 April 2006, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Cyclists complete ride from China
Andy Clapperton (lt) and Jon Smith
The pair left China last July
Two cyclists have arrived in London after riding 10,000 miles (16090km) from China for charity.

Andy Clapperton of Bunbury, Cheshire, and Jon Smith of Great Shelford, Cambs, have raised over 6,500 for Diabetes UK since starting out in July last year.

The pair, who met at Cambridge University, had been teaching at universities in Beijing when they decided to cycle home, a friend said.

They reached Tower Bridge on Saturday marking the end of their journey.

Forced to make detour

Andy Clapperton was diagnosed as an insulin dependent diabetic at the age of 14.

The challenge has taken the pair through 14 countries, covering around 1,000 miles (1609km) every month.

They were forced to make a detour after the earthquake in Pakistan last October and they spent Christmas in Uzbekistan.

Mr Clapperton, 26, and Mr Smith, 25, have kept a blog of their travels which reveals they planned to spend the afternoon in the pub.




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