About Richard Smith

Married to a Bangladeshi, Richard loves the country and is always keen to explore further. The Wild Rickshaw Challenge was a must for Richard as it allowed him to combine his love for exploring Bangladesh and passion for all things pedalling...all for the vitally important cause of helping to the amazing WildTeam ensure tigers have a future in Bangladesh.

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Are we really here?

We did it! The home straight, Chadpai. 400km of peddling completed.

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Arriving on Mars

We had been briefed from the start of the Challenge that the roads we would face would vary from nice and flat to nice and, er, ‘challenging’. We have not been disappointed: at times the struggle the riders have faced making progress even at walking pace through craters and sand and over ridiculously steep humped […]

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At first the rickshaws seemed none too sturdy. Plenty of jumping chains, creaking and bending pedals and a remarkable – ah hem – flexibility in the frame. But after several days of ploughing the roads, being bashed through holes and craters for km after km, my respect for the machines is growing. This snap shows […]

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Everyone’s a WildTeam supporter

On the road today just two days from the tigers’ home in the Sundarbans and the roadside support continues to amaze. Smiles, greetings, good wishes, applause, cheers, running children, even pushes over bridges and rough roads and thanks for efforts abound. And so many know of the Challenge from tv and press. Today Matt and […]

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Cruising the Meghna – rest at last!!!

Several days into the Challenge now so high time I shared some reflections. Let me put it simply: riding a rickshaw ain’t easy! Even on the largely flat roads of coastal Bangladesh it is, at the very best of times, like climbing an endless mountain on a road bike.

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