Just a Little Cycle Around the World

On August 3rd 2013 I started pedalling from Leicester in the United Kingdom across Europe the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, South America, Central America, North America and back through Europe to the UK.  A total distance of approximately 40,000 miles; I expect the journey to take up to 4 years to complete.

For as long as I can remember I have been inspired by the notion that if you want something passionately enough you can go out and get it.  The reality is never quite that easy, however, the spirit of the notion is true and the journey to get that which you desire is often the real prize.  Or so I hope…

My passions are learning, health and fitness and personal development and I have been searching for a way to bring these together into a project that will push me to my mental and physical limits.  Oddly, I feel most alive when under the mental and physical duress of some form of endurance challenge.

So in March 2012, after much deliberation, I decided that cycling around the world should do the trick.  I don’t know why it took me so long, it’s clearly the obvious choice; I hadn’t been on a bike in 17 years and the longest I had previously camped, was for two drunken nights at a V festival.

In June 2012 I took the first step and bought a bike, my plan; cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End as a trial run.  On September 11th, after 17 days and 1062 miles, to my surprise and delight, I made it, but more than that I found the whole experience humbling, touching and enlightening.  Primarily because at the last minute I gave in to the expectation that the only feasible reason I would do such a thing would be to raise money for charity.

John O’Groats

John O'Groats 26-08-12

Lands End

Lands End 11-09-12 (2)

Friends, family, work colleagues and people I met along the way very generously supported my efforts with hard cash and I eventually raise £1982.5 (inc Gift Aid) for my chosen charity, Room to Read.  I was astonished.

You can see how the journey unfolded on the Facebook page I set up to share my progress, Fraser cycles Britain

Towards the end of journey I felt compelled to continue what I had started and I will once again be raising money for Room to Read as I cycle around the world.  This time I hope to raise enough money to build a new school or school library through their “Adopt a Project” program, you can find out more about it on the Room to Read page.

The purpose of CycleHacker is to chart my progress and share my experiences, lessons I learn, and the discoveries I make about the places I visit and the people I meet.  Click the following link to find out more about why I’m making this journey.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will join me on what promises to be an epic journey.  Fill in your email below to subscribe to updates by email.

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18 Responses to Just a Little Cycle Around the World

  1. Dorothy July 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi Fraser,

    We wish you all the luck in the world and will follow your journey with avid interest. Lots of
    love, strength and good wishes.

    • Fraser July 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Dorothy,

      I will need all of those in good measure – thank you.

      Fraser

  2. Lee July 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Again Fraser best of luck I hope it all goes well, I will not say to plan as lets be honest what does, i will follow your progress with interest. You are better man than me thats for for sure

    • Fraser July 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

      Thanks Lee, much appreciated

  3. Adam December 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Pretty inspiring stuff Fraser, have been following your emails with interest!

    • Fraser December 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      Hi Adam,

      Thank you, I’m glad you’re finding the updates interesting. I have a feeling the next section of the journey will be even more so!!!!

      Many thanks,

      Fraser

  4. Hiren s bilodiya June 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    I interst in world by cycle
    Pl help me
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  5. Gunadi Getol July 8, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    Dear Frazer,

    Iam Indonesian and I am reading your story notes with interest and due to my shortage in English I found difficulties to find out whether you ar currently still in the middle of your round the world trip?

    But Bravo to you and just tell me When will you reach Indonesia? I like cycling too and who knows someday I will also try to cycle around the world just like you! If I had the chance to meet you while you are cycling in Indonesia I certainly would !

    Thank you and keep cycling !

    • Fraser August 5, 2014 at 5:25 am #

      Hi Gunadi,

      I will be in Indonesia in around 6 – 8 months I will let you know when exactly nearer the time.

      All the best

  6. vishwendra July 18, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Hi…
    I am meet to you in chandwad..maharashtra ….india i would like ur dreams… Best wishesh…to ur journey

    • Fraser August 5, 2014 at 5:15 am #

      Hi Vishwendra, nice to hear from you – thanks for the best wishes.

      • Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

        I am so hapy because you know me….don’t forget ….. A lot of wishesh…..

  7. Steve July 27, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Hi, I am thinking of taking a few years out to cycle the world, I am 51, completely unfit, spine and joint damge due to RTA, need regular meds for a number of other reasons, 7 stone over weight, but strong and full of life. I have trekked in the amazon, and was brought up in Australia and love wildlife. Oh, and I have little fear of much.

    My question to you: How would I get meds if I am away for 4 years, and if I flew back from time to time to pick up my med before returning to where I left off, is this counted as a fail in the eyes of any rules.

    • Fraser August 5, 2014 at 5:11 am #

      Hi Steve,

      Probably best to consult your medical professional regarding access to meds. There are hospitals and pharmacies all over the world so I can’t imagine it would prevent you from giving it a go.

  8. Nicola Tingey October 28, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Hi Fraser…Nicola here, friend of Jen’s. Give us a shout when you are in hcmc and I would love to hear about your travels 🙂 sounds awesome. I am a teacher here in the city and met Jen in the Uk. Safe travels! Ps there is quite a big cycling community here.

    • Fraser November 3, 2014 at 3:15 am #

      Hi Nicola,

      I’ll give you a shout when I get there – should be early December time.

      All the best,

      Fraser

  9. Niamh And Conor March 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    safe man
    whereabouts are you? want to come cycle to you. heading off now, should be there in a few years.
    do you want me to bring you a spare spork? got loads of fairy liquid too -2 for 1 in tescos.
    see you soon fraser.

  10. Alex October 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    Hey Frasier. I was talking to Chris Bowes about my cycl tour of Ho Chi Minh~Hanoi in 2012, & my Sri Lanka tour in 2013, when he mentioned you. I’m just about to sit down on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Oadby Leicester and read all about your adventure so far. To say I’m jealous is a massive understatement 🙂 !!!! Take care, stay healthy, and above all……enjoy evey second. Alex

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