LONDON: Saudis are joining the Global Biking Initiative on Sunday, from the Swedish city of Gutenberg to Hamburg in Germany.
The bikers will be traveling 800 kilometers with their bicycles representing Saudi Arabia by taking part in this social initiative, according to the state-run news agency.
Hundreds of participants from different countries join the cycling tour during which we they cross multiple countries in one week to raise funds for charities.
The Saudi squad will be presenting their charity project aimed at holding a second scientific campus for Saudi Arabia’s orphans, in collaboration with Benaa Association for Orphans Care in the Eastern Region.
The Saudi cyclists are registered as part of Princess Al-Anoud Charity Foundation initiatives, and will represent the homeland for the third time in this tour.
Ahmad al-Sofan, a representer of the GBI team of Saudi cyclists, said their journey started by creating a page for Saudi Arabia on the initiative website back in 2016, supported by the General Sports Authority in the kingdom.
Al-Sofan said their aim is to increase the number of charity volunteers in Saudi Arabia to one million, to fulfill the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision for development.
In 2016, they started with three cyclists only and in the following year, the number increased to 34. In 2018 the number of participating Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom.