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This mental health awareness week, I want to share my struggle through depression and why I came to cycle around the world. When it all began, I felt overworked, lonely, and unfulfilled but I just thought it was normal...

Training at the University of Derby’s Human Performance Unit has exceeded expectations and I am in better physical condition than expected at this stage of the plan, testing data points towards achieving an incredible result...

In the pursuit of a World Record, focus is on performance. Over the course of the World Record attempt, there is no piece of equipment that can influence the outcome of this endeavour more than the bike...

The body is a machine and without regular TLC and maintenance, the working parts will start to fatigue and break down. Ruth Machej, the team Physiotherapist, explains the importance of physiotherapy in sport...

Extended periods in the saddle mean the choice and fit of bike for the world record must be correct. Cycling biomechanics expert, Andy Brooke, takes me through a professional bike fit...

To break an endurance world record requires adapting to the lifestyle of an elite athlete in every aspect. Alex Neilan, Sport Dietician, explains his approach to ensuring my body can tolerate the nutritional demands of the event...

This week I share my personal journey that led from depression to cycling around the world, the lessons learned on that journey, and how that experience applies to breaking a world record....

Dr Philip Clarke, Performance Psychologist on the Fastest Cycle Across Europe team, explains psychology for multi-day endurance events. This begins with a measurement of my current capacity and self-awareness...

At the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, I delivered the keynote speech "Dared to Dream"; exploring how only by taking the more difficult path and overcoming the challenges along the way, will we discover our greatest potential...

The Fastest Cycle Across Europe (Cabo da Roca to Ufa) was established by Guinness World Records in 2014 and is a distance of 4000 miles from the most westerly to the most easterly extent of Europe...

While logistical and strategic planning for the World Record began three months previously, the start of 2018 brings the beginning of physical training. With 22 weeks to the start line, Dr. Mark Faghy explains the science behind the attempt...

For 2018 I am raising the bar. Taking everything I learnt from cycling around the world and applying it to significantly breaking the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Cycle Across Europe...

Only weeks after returning from cycling around the world, I delivered this talk for TEDxRNCM, discussing my discontent at finding socially expected "success", stepping out of my comfort zone and discovering my place in the world...

Adventure cycling in the Lake District National Park with myself, Leisure Lakes Bikes and Kajsa Tylen to catch up, hit a bothy and share some amazing stories about where bikes have taken us over the past few years...

Aren't we all looking for an escape from adult pressures and the key to success? For me, both stemmed from a core sense of happiness from a childhood experience; getting on my bike and starting an adventure...

Congratulations to Mark Beaumont on smashing the round-the-world cycling record! I like to think I would have achieved a similar time if it wasn't for a few incidents that added 2,427 days...

It is with great pleasure that I share my stories of survival in schools, giving practical examples of qualities such as resilience, motivation and raising aspirations. A recent newspaper report explores my talk's impact on the students...

I have encountered much wilderness in the world but never more so than in the vast empty expanses of Alaska and Canada; sparsely populated by people, the landscape alive with the creatures of horror stories....

Devastated after losing 7 friends at sea, stuck in the north of New Zealand with the dilemma of what to do, I decided to join a crew and sail into the South Pacific. Could things get any worse? Read on to find out what happened...

Autumn 2010, five weeks waiting for Iranian and Uzbek visa's punctuated my pedalling and, wandering between the mosques and bazaars of Istanbul, meeting people and reading, I began to reflect on changes in myself....

June 2010, two weeks until departure and still don’t feel ready to leave. From the comfort of a suburban family home in central England it’s hard to imagine Uzbekistan or the Peruvian Andes, let alone know how to prepare for them....

The first time I cycled through France, in 2010, I watched Lance Armstrong compete in the Tour as a hero. While Lance would go to great lengths to beat anybody, I began to experience a world of kind strangers....

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