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34% of All Cycle Tourers Use Internal Hub Gears

We surveyed 194 long distance cyclists to find out how popular internal (hub) gears are. Between them, the cyclists have completed 137 bicycle tours of 10,000km (6,000 miles) or more. Here are the results... Internal Hub Gears vs External Gears 46 out of the 137 journeys were completed using internal hub gears, 91 with traditional external gears. That's 34% hub, 66% external. Gears % No. Internal (hub) 34% ...

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What are the Ocean’s Seven?

I just watched a documentary about Steve Redmond completing the Ocean's Seven and thought it was about time I talked about them on my blog... The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. The Ocean's Seven is a similar list and challenge for long distance swimmers rather than mountaineers: a collection of open water swims across seven channels/straits around the world. They ar ...

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Book Review: The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron

These days, Leon McCarron is a fully fledged, full time adventurer with a National Geographic TV series to his name and several big expeditions under his belt. However, in his new book - The Road Headed West - we meet a wonderfully inexperienced young Irishman setting out from New York on a woefully overloaded bicycle and trailer in search of adventure. And adventure he finds. The book opens with Leon cycli ...

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Base Camp Festival

This is a plug for a new adventure themed event starting next month: The Base Camp Festival. It's in the Peak District on the weekend of September 5th-7th and organised by Explorers Connect, an excellent community for adventurers. Apparently, you can expect to: Spend much of the daytime doing outdoor activities with likeminded people or learning from experts Spend the evenings being inspired and entertained ...

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The First Man to Row the Atlantic, Climb Everest and Cycle the World

Today, a guest blog from James Ketchell AKA Captain Ketch, the man who has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, summited Mount Everest and cycle around the world. James recently joined the database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys (LDCJ) and kindly offered to write a piece for The Next Challenge. Over to the Captain... Over to Captain K... Guest Blog: James "Captain Ketch" Ketchell Well, it's been six weeks now ...

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Cycle touring for 16 years…and still going

This interview is part of a series in which we interview certain people featured on the database of long distance cycle journeys (LDCJ), which records individual bicycle trips over 10,000km in length. For more details, click here. Lorenzo Rojo has been cycling around the world for an incredible 17 years, covering 190,000 km so far. His is the longest journey on the database, both in terms of distance and ti ...

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The Most Boring Person in the World

Last year I received an email from Jens O. Meiert about the Everyday Adventures campaign I ran a few years ago. Independently, he had written a book called 100 Things I Learned As An Everyday Adventurer. So it seemed like a good idea to get in touch. Today Jens is taking over the blog to write about a new mindset... The Mindset of Trying Everything by Jens O. Meiert It took me thirty years to realize that t ...

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Choosing what to do with your life

Picture the scene. We are outside the main train station in a Japanese city, all glass and steel and impeccably clean. There are hundreds of commuters streaming past: impossibly skinny women wearing impossibly high heels and immaculate men in immaculate suits. I, meanwhile, am sitting on the pavement in my temporary role as Guardian of the Bikes. My cycling outfit these days includes old leggings and a scru ...

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Legally blind – and cycled the Americas

This interview is part of a series in which we interview people featured on the database of long distance cycle journeys (LDCJ), which records individual bicycle trips over 10,000km in length. For more details, click here. This may be the most inspiring story you'll ever read. Christi Bruchok and Tauru Chaw are both registered as legally blind, yet cycled the length of the Americas from 2009-2011. You read ...

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The 10 Best Adventurer-Bloggers

There are adventurers (think: Fiennes, Ousland, Grylls). And there are bloggers (think: well, think of someone who blogs a lot). And then are: Adventurer-Bloggers. This is a term I just made up but hopefully it's self explanatory: people who both go on expeditions and spend time writing about them. The list below is really just a collection of people that I know/like/find interesting. It's in no particular ...

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Come to the Cycle Touring Festival

We are very excited to announce that we are planning a Cycle Touring Festival, to take place in Spring 2015. Our first step is to gauge the level of enthusiasm for this kind of event, so please read on and sign up below if you're interested. The aim would be to bring together those who have undertaken, are planning or who are interested in cycle tours. The festival would offer training and resources to help ...

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Into the Empty Quarter – Film Review

Over Christmas you may have caught a film about Ben Fogle and James Cracknell crossing the Empty Quarter desert. No doubt their film had the perfect blend of emotion, drama and eventual tear-jerking success - I have no idea, having been holed up in a hostel in a corner of Georgia at the time it was broadcast on the BBC. I also do not doubt that it was well funded and had a significant team of people behind ...

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