Cycling is my main method of transport. I have been on a few cycle tours, largely on my trusty steed: Bob, the Beast of Burden. And I often get my best ideas whilst cycling (contrary to Nietzsche’s view). 2013-2014 I am cycling around the world.
Bicycle touring is an excellent way to start out in the adventure world. You can get away with cheap kit, cover long distances without training, and get a real sense of freedom.
An online database of over 100 cycle tourists who have covered 6,000 miles or more (10,000km) in a single trip. Stats on average distances, daily costs, types of bike used and more. View here…
Next Challenge Cycling Projects
- Cycling Home from Norway – 1,000 miles through Scandinavia after an expedition in the Arctic
- 1,000 Miles on a Rickshaw – I hold the world record for the longest distance cycled in a pedicab
- Three Peaks, Two Wheels – Cycling between the UK’s Three Peaks and climbing up them
- Sarah Outen: London to Tokyo – I provided the logistics for the first leg of Sarah’s circumnavigation
- Cycling Around Masirah Island on Christmas Day – An alternative festive celebration on a desert island
- The London to Isle of Wight and Coast-to-Coast Triathlons – Two ‘real world’ triathlons
- Cycling the M25 – Coming soon as part of the Greater London Triathlon
- Cycling to Australia – a year or more’s pedalling from the UK to Australia with my wife Laura
Next Challenge Cycling Articles
- 10 Tips For Your First Off-Road Cycling Expedition by Tom Allen
- 10 Tips For Your First Big Bicycle Expedition by Andy Welch
- Don’t Cycle Lands End To John O’Groats – Consider the world of alternatives first
- Bicycle Karma – A white van pulls up next to me, winds his window and… thanks me
- Angry Young Man – A guest blog by controversial record breaker Julian Sayarer from This Is Not For Charity
- 8 strange situations in which I’ve found myself wearing lycra – Cyclists, I am sure, will relate
- The Vehicle of Poets – Famous quotes about the beautiful vehicle
- I Write Frequently of Cycling – Yet know little about it…
- Cold Water Therapy (This Is The Serpentine) – A cold cycle to a cold swim
- Mountains & Mole Hills – When a commute becomes a race to the death
- London Loves – A moment of connectedness pedalling across Waterloo Bridge
- Alastair Humphreys – 4 years around the world, popular blogger
- Tom Allen – Off-road expedition cycling all over the place
- Andy Welch – Off-road expedition cycling all over the place
- Rob Lilwall – Cycled home from Siberia
- Rob Thomson – Cycled and skateboarded Japan to Europe and back
- Mark Beaumont – Broke speed record for cycling around the world
- James Bowthorpe – Broke Mark Beaumont’s speed record raising money for Alzheimer’s research
- Julian Sayarer – Broke James Bowthorpe’s record under the banner This Is Not For Charity
- Peter Gostellow – Cycled 50,000km from Japan to England and later through Africa
- Friedel & Andrew – 60,000km+ all over the world. Fantastic resources website.
There are probably thousands of books and films about cycling but here are a few that I’ve read/watched and would recommend:
(Browse the full list of the best books about cycling here)
The Man Who Cycled the World
Great book and series about Mark Beaumont’s record attempt.
Adventure Cycle Touring
The best handbook you can buy.
Cycling Home from Siberia
Rob Lilwall starts in the deep end of a Siberian winter.
The Wind in My Wheels
80,000 miles with Josie Dew.
The Flying Scotsman
Not much to do with expeditions but it’s a great film.
- Janapar – Amazing movie about Tom Allen’s journey, entirely self-filmed. The book’s great too.
- Moods of Future Joys – Wonderfully honest account of Al Humphreys’ 4 year trip. Spreads into a second book – Thunder & Sunshine. He has a third book too: 10 Lessons from the Road.
- How To Cycle Around The World by Tim Moss – A chapter in my book How To Get To The North Pole And Other Iconic Adventures. You can download the individual ebook chapter for a couple of quid.
- The Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook by Stephen Lord – The bible for bicycle expeditions.
- The Travelling Two – Impressive set of resources, reviews, country information, podcasts etc. They have a free Bike Touring Basics ebook too.
- Audax – Organise super cheap group cycling events across the UK
- Adventure Cycling Association – American association with useful PDF downloads on touring
- Adventure Cycling Guide – Simple website with useful expedition touring advice
- Andes by Bike – Lovely resource from Harriet and Neil Pike for anyone cycling in South America
- CTC – The Cyclists’ Touring Club is a membership organisation offering advice, events, insurance and maps
- Sheldon Brown – Great down-to-earth explanations of many technical bike-related matters
How to Get to the North Pole:
and Other Iconic Adventures
Includes the chapter ‘How to Cycle Around the World’
- Top 10 Best Seller on Amazon’s Discory & Exploration
- “Highly recommended” – Adventure Travel Magazine
- Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
- Endorsed by Bear Grylls
- 100% five-star reader rating