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Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime. Soon he was way ahead of schedule, averaging 180 miles per day, and on course to break the round the world cycling record. But then disaster struck, and Sean was forced to confront the possibility that he may not be able to complete the race... In the course of his 16,000-mile journey, Sean travelled the famous pan-American highway across the Atacama Desert, outran tornados, relied on fellow travellers to ferry water across the Australian outback, and inadvertently joined a cycle club in Mumbai. He learnt things about himself he didn’t know and rediscovered a spirit of adventure that changed everything. This is a book about an amazing and sometimes incredibly difficult journey, but it’s also a book about never giving up when there’s an opportunity to follow your dreams.


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Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime. Soon he was way ahead of schedule, averaging 180 miles per day, and on course to break the round the world cycling record. But then disaster struck, and Sean was forced to confront the possibility that he may not be able to complete the race... In the course of his 16,000-mile journey, Sean travelled the famous pan-American highway across the Atacama Desert, outran tornados, relied on fellow travellers to ferry water across the Australian outback, and inadvertently joined a cycle club in Mumbai. He learnt things about himself he didn’t know and rediscovered a spirit of adventure that changed everything. This is a book about an amazing and sometimes incredibly difficult journey, but it’s also a book about never giving up when there’s an opportunity to follow your dreams.

30 review for Cycling the Earth: A Life-changing Race Around the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Sean Conway was stuck in a rut, working as a portrait photographer he was bored of taking photos of uncooperative children; and his relationship had just gone south too. Whilst in this limbo, he heard about Mark Beaumont breaking the record for cycling around the world. He had managed over 100 miles a day and obliterated the previous record. Even though he hadn’t been on a bike for years, this was a challenge that immediately inspired him; but could he actually do it? An arduous six-month trainin Sean Conway was stuck in a rut, working as a portrait photographer he was bored of taking photos of uncooperative children; and his relationship had just gone south too. Whilst in this limbo, he heard about Mark Beaumont breaking the record for cycling around the world. He had managed over 100 miles a day and obliterated the previous record. Even though he hadn’t been on a bike for years, this was a challenge that immediately inspired him; but could he actually do it? An arduous six-month training schedule would prove it one way or the other… Somehow, he survived it. He packed his entire belongings into a set of boxes and joined some other like minded maniacs on the start line in Greenwich Park for the adventure of a lifetime. His aim was simple, cycle around 180 miles per day, every day and claim the record for himself. He started well, managing to reach his daily total and he cycled across Europe and then on to South America and the pan-American highway Atacama desert. Tracking the opther swho set out on their own journey. As America beckoned, with the wide road and good tarmac, he realised that he was in for a good chance of the record. Then disaster! As he came to, he now realised that not only was record may slipping from his grasp, but he might not even be able to finish the challenge. What comes across in this is his relentless drive to complete the challenge that he set himself. He wears his heart on his sleeve too as we follow his high days and low days, dodge tornadoes and chases dogs. He is no wordsmith though, but there is plenty of self-depreciating humour in the text, making this is an enjoyable read as we follow Conway racing around the world. He is quite inspirational too, proving that anyone can be ambitious and achieve their dreams. Not the best round the world cycling adventure, but still worth reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean Lee

    This is no literary masterpiece, but then, it never claims to be. What it is though is a simply told and honest account of an amazing cycling journey that took the author around the world. At times it is light on for detail with little or no background info, but it does manage to capture the immensity of achievement. 3 stars for the writing, but 5 stars for the adventure!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ivor Kovic

    Author had a great adventure. Does it translate into a great book. For me not so much. It surely has something to do with the nature of his adventure. He was after all racing across the World, he was not exploring it. So it boils down to head wind, tail wind, food, water, heat, rain... It managed to grip me maybe a few times. Had no problems putting it down for the day.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    A really pleasant and inspiring reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fritzov

    Inspiring, makes you want to go out and ride the bike around the world with out a doubt.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gavin\Catriona

    Brilliant read. Brilliant read. Inspirational, super interesting and a great example of a normal guy proving that actually nothing is beyond us.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I was taken by the first part of the book, the journey through Africa and South America. North America lost me, though, as it was day after day of cycling. I'm not quite sure what else I was expecting :) I guess I felt the story lost a bit of purpose after the accident and the reframing of the race. I was sufficiently interested to finish the book but I'd have liked more of a conclusion about what happened afterwards. I was taken by the first part of the book, the journey through Africa and South America. North America lost me, though, as it was day after day of cycling. I'm not quite sure what else I was expecting :) I guess I felt the story lost a bit of purpose after the accident and the reframing of the race. I was sufficiently interested to finish the book but I'd have liked more of a conclusion about what happened afterwards.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Simple but inspiring book to read. Didn't want it to end. Quality book. Simple but inspiring book to read. Didn't want it to end. Quality book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samir Thacker

    An unexpected read but a welcome read nonetheless. Loved it thoroughly. I have been thinking to do a long cycling tour myself and this was a sure shot motivator. The description at times is so vivid, I could bet I was there with him to see the places!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    An inspirational story of a man who gave up the boring life. Exciting at times but a little short.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Kul type, kul bok. Likte nok boken bedre fordi jeg nylig har vært på lang sykkeltur selv, om enn ikke like lang - og hvert fall ikke like ekstrem). Kjente meg likevel godt igjen i mye av hans refleksjoner og tanker mens han var på sykkelsete (til og med musikksmaken). Og gøy og lese reiseskildringer fra de forskjellige kontinentene, hvordan kontrastene var osv.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hartley

    Sean Conway is a legend and an inspiration.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Visible Procrastinations

  14. 4 out of 5

    Daniel winter

  15. 5 out of 5

    Supersagebrod

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  17. 4 out of 5

    E

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jova91

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex Davidson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Johnpingham

  21. 4 out of 5

    kris nicholls

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Howell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Kolodziejczak

  24. 5 out of 5

    Penny Silverwood

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lou Purvis

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina McNair

  27. 4 out of 5

    nick

  28. 5 out of 5

    mr i c meadow

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rob Phillips

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim Bennett

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