Tim & Laura’s quantitative study of the achievements of nearly two hundred long‐distance touring cyclists makes for some fascinating browsing.
Who’d have guessed, for example, that the highest average monthly distance (9,673km) would be 41 times greater than the slowest (234km)?
Who’d have guessed that 38% of these cyclists would have chosen to use 700c road sized wheels on their bikes, compared with 62% using 26‐inch mountain bike sized wheels?
Who’d have guessed that exactly two thirds of those riders would have cycled solo, and for an average trip length of 28,482km?
Who’d have guessed that it would be possible to get by on as little as £56 per month — yet that it would also be possible to spend as much as £4,167 in the same period?
Like I said, it makes for some fascinating browsing.
But what does the database of Long‐Distance Cycling Journeys really tell us — especially those of us using it to plan our own long‐distance cycling journey?
I’ll tell you what it tells us.
It tells us that it does not matter what your average monthly distance will be. Pick a rough target. Someone’s out there doing it.
It tells us that it does not matter whether your bike has 700c or 26″ wheels. People routinely ride round the planet with both.
It tells us that it does not matter what your fears are about going solo. The great majority took the same leap, and are getting on just fine.
It tells us that it does not matter how much money you’ve got. Someone’s pulled it off on a much tighter budget.
What it really tells us is this:
Whatever crucial factor you think will make the difference between success and failure — it won’t. Someone out there has proved it.
Your excuses are losing traction. What’s really stopping you from taking the leap?