This page is dedicated to all those that have inspired me in one way or another to take the leap and commit to this trip. Some of these will be famous in the cycle-touring community, others less known and some unrelated to cycling completely.
If someone was to mention cycle touring, Alastair Humphreys is the first name that comes to mind. Although he wasn’t the first man to cycle around the world, his four year epic journey glamorised cycle touring and inspired a whole generation of cyclists. He’s since become an adventurer and motivational speaker.
You can find out more about Alastair Humphreys and his adventures by checking out his site and blog at: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/
Tom Allen was the first person I came across when looking online for cycle touring guidance. Similar to Alastair Humphreys, Tom went on a journey of a lifetime and travelled the world by bike over a few years. He also wrote a well written account of his trip titled “Janapar” and produced an accompanying documentary with the same name. Tom also started the “Janapar Grant” which provides a lucky winner with everything they need to start a trip of a lifetime.
You can find a wealth of cycle touring knowledge and travel accounts on Tom Allen’s site and blog at: http://www.tomsbiketrip.com/
Whereas Alastair Humphreys and Tom Allen cycled around the world out of wonder and curiosity, Mark Beaumont cycled more for glory. Mark Beaumont held the world record for circumnavigating the world in the fastest time by bike in 2008 and currently holds the world record for fastest solo ride of the length of Africa.
Updated: Mark Beaumont is now yet again the world record holder for circumnavigating the world by bike with his time of 78 days and 14 hours and is now the world record holder for most miles cycled in a month.
You can keep up-to-date with Mark’s endeavours over on his site and blog at: https://markbeaumontonline.com/
Introduced to me by a friend, Daring Dynamos were the first cycle touring vloggers I watched on YouTube. Starting off from London, two friends Tom Nelson and Phil Saunders cycled to Africa on a quest to find the ultimate musical experience. Definitely worth a watch whether you’re into cycling or not.
You can view Daring Dynamo’s videos on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/daringdynamos
Not all my inspirations are cycling based, as Charlie Wardle proves. Probably unknown to most, Charlie Wardle set up his own health and well-being charity back in 2008 called Climb Your Mountain and has been running it full time ever since. He has also written a number of self help and motivational books as well as completing a number of physical challenges including; climbing and hiking up dozens of mountains both in the UK and abroad, running 30 marathons in 30 days and setting a world record for the longest distance covered 3-legged in 12 hours.
You can find out more about Charlie Wardle and Climb Your Mountain over on the charity’s website: http://climbyourmountain.org/