Ex-fireman on 15,700km solo cycling pilgrimage to Makkah

Saturday, December 14, 2019

A senior citizen, who is no stranger to long distance cycling, has begun a solo pilgrimage to Makkah starting from Gemas 36 days ago.

Equipping his bicycle with two Jalur Gemilang flags, Sitdek Ahmad Ali, 62, a former firefighter who has reached Kuala Terengganu, plans to cycle 15,700km in time to perform the haj in July.

“I want to let the people know about our country and that we can do extraordinary things. I also ask for the people to pray for my safety.

“I have never sought popularity, but people have posted many of my videos and pictures on social media. I am thankful that throughout my trip to Terengganu, they have given me many words of encouragement,” he said.

Sitdek said he would make preparations as he passed through several countries.

“In terms of physical preparation, I have done a lot of training before and I am confident that I can reach Makkah. In fact, I have sought advice from some people who had embarked on long-distance expeditions.

“I have learned useful tips in addition to using safe and convenient routes, and even how to avoid bumps in the road.”

Sitdek is charting his Southeast Asian route through Bangkok, Thailand, and Yangon, Myanmar. From there, he will take a ferry to Calcutta, India, before cycling to New Delhi.

From New Delhi, he will proceed to Islamabad, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan; Teheran, Iran; Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates; and, finally reaching Makkah.

“I expect to arrive in Makkah in July. Of course I will celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri overseas. To ensure safety and to stay fit throughout the journey, I will ride from 8am to 4pm. I will seek permission to spend the night at mosques.

“I expect the challenge will be tough during winter in some countries. I have made preparations with appropriate clothing, tents and medical equipment.”


Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/12/547727/ex-fireman-15700km-solo-cycling-pilgrimage-makkah