I’m not sure I’ve got that much to say really. As I’ve mentioned on a couple of other pages, I’m 19 years old and attempting to cycle around the world. Apart from that I think I’m fairly normal. I’ve recently finished doing my A-levels in south London, I’m heading off to uni after this bike ride and I have absolutely no clue what I want to do when I properly grow up. Since September I’ve also been working in a primary school as an assistant; great kids, great staff and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
I’ve always liked sports, more than anything else really. I’ve played a fair bit of rugby and spent a lot of time on the ski slopes since I was 4. I discovered cycling through my Dad when I was about 14. Around the same time, I also read Lance Armstrong’s biography: ‘It’s not about the bike’. This was while he was still ‘clean’ and I was utterly inspired and instantly fell in love with riding my bike.
When I was 15, my Dad and I cycled to Chamonix (in the Alps) from London, following in the footsteps of my cousin who’d done it a few years before. Since then I’ve done quite a few amateur road races around the UK and have spent a lot of time riding with Strictly CC, a cycling team based in south London.
The idea to cycle around the world had never occurred to me until about 2 years after that when thinking of ideas for my gap year. Needless to say, as soon as I thought of the idea, I knew it was something I wanted to push for.
I’m often asked how and when I came up with the idea, and I have to say I’m not really sure. It wasn’t a sudden eureka moment, it happened over a while, and it was more the conclusion of a thought process whilst thinking up a way to combine cycling and travelling. Eventually coming up with this slightly ‘unconventional’ plan.
Anyway, I think I’ve rambled on about not much for far too long so I’m going to stop there. If there’s anything you’d actually like to know about me, feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you. But don’t hold your breathe – after all, I am still a teenager and a bloke so therefore inherently lazy!