What Happens When A Non-Cyclist Spends 3½ Years Travelling The World By Bicycle

When I tell people I rode a bicycle 15,000-odd miles across Europe, Africa and the Middle East for fun, but that I’m not a cyclist, I get some funny looks. I try to explain that it wasn’t thunderous thigh-muscles I wanted but visceral life experience, fresh out of university with…

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Why Travel By Bicycle, Anyway?

Why travel by bicycle, anyway? Is it even possible to provide an answer to a question saddled with so many possible distortions of meaning? Perhaps I should first explain all the things that I think “travel by bicycle” does not mean. In fact, let’s go even further back to basics…

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Don’t Bother With The Whole Sponsorship Thing

A few weeks back I joined seasoned round-the-world cyclist Alastair Humphreys for a coffee in a secret location in central London (OK, it was the British Library canteen) in order to chat about bike trips – specifically, bike trips that could be made for under £1,000 and within the average…

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We Were Not Born Talented, Brave & Fearless

There’s one important thing to understand about adversity: You can’t prevent it. It is a consequence of life on Earth over which you have no control. You might choose to stave off situations of adversity — bad weather, hunger, lack of shelter, indecision, getting lost, and in general being way…

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What the heck am I supposed to do now?

Bulgaria. Autumn. I roll to a halt beside Andy. “Mate,” he says. “We have a problem. A really big problem.” I look down. There’s a six-inch crack along the rim of his rear wheel and the inner tube is bulging horribly from the gaping maw. We are only 3 months…

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