A Brief(ish) Summary

Hello everyone I’m Tom Davies and I’m 19 years old (DOB: 1/10/1995). In January 2015 I’m going to attempt to become the youngest person to cycle around the world and raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK, The Sohana Research Fund and Carney’s Community. What does this entail? In short, lots of hours pedalling until I’ve done a very big circle from London to London. I hope to complete this in around 200 days – which basically means 100 miles a day, with the odd day off for a bit of R&R (hopefully). I’ll do all I can to keep you informed on the many misfortunes I’m sure I’ll encounter along the way, and any support you can give me will be very well received.

Why am I doing this? Quite frankly I am yet to think of an answer to that question. But simply put: with a love of cycling and wanting to see the world, it seemed the obvious adventure (not many people agree with me on that – but yeh, it’s happening). I also wanted to give myself a proper challenge, to see what I was capable of, before heading off to uni. Anyway, please follow me on this website, Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else I find time to update and hopefully I can keep you entertained!

On a serious note, all three charities, whilst different, are extremely good causes and well worth your support. To further this, both myself and the charities would be very grateful for any support you could give them. For more detail click here: The Charities

Donation page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=tomdaviesrtw&faId=533301&isTeam=false

Disclaimer: Saddle-sore induced thoughts may cause offence, so if you’re of a particularly sensitive disposition please feel free to keep any complaints to yourself. Thanks 🙂

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82 comments

  1. Wishing you the very best of luck Tom. Have a wonderful enjoyable adventure, and try not to worry your parents too much 😄
    Love and good wishes from Andrea and Martin Merrikin xxx

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  2. Have a wonderful experience Thomas – keep the head up and take it all in – when it gets a bit tough remember your godfather would love to be in your cleats !
    Safe miles with smiles ,
    Nige , Sarah , Anwen and Cerian xxx

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  3. Good luck Tom. Have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to reading the updates. David is on hand to fly out with spare parts!
    Mandy, David, Michael & Katie x

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  4. Tom, we wish you all the very best on your World Tour and much fun cycling along the way. We’ll be following your progress and wishing you well! Steve, Jude, Christo & Jamie Rowan

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  5. Tom after a lazy start to Sunday we realised you would already be 3 or so hours into your first day-hope it is going ok. Great to see you last night & in awe at the enormity of the journey ahead of you. The very best of luck.
    Peter, Julia & Freddie

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  6. Hi Tom!
    Good luck from Denmark from your old neighbors at Ballingdon Rd! Victor is in awe of you and we will follow your progress closely and very excitedly!!
    Impressive goal!!
    Go for it!!

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  7. Thomas- great to see you at the off yesterday. It must be great to finally be on the road. I am in awe (tinged with envy!) and look forward to following your incredible adventure.
    All the very best,
    Adam.

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  8. Great to see you are on the road. Have a safe trip, enjoy the changing scenery and looking forward to catching up when you hit Bairnsdale!

    Leanne & Steve (Aussie cousins)

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  9. Morning Tom, that picture your father sent across, looks brilliant, delighted that we can be part of your epic journey. Don’t forget when you travel through Portland, if you require somewhere to stay, you will be more than welcome to call in at my brothers.

    All the very best from Showers Pass team, Cheers Fraser

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  10. I’ve found this thought more than helpfull on several bicycle adventures: “There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.” from Moby Dick by H. Melville

    Good luck from Onno

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  11. Yo Mr T., Go West young man…. and North and South and East. Only 197 days to go, so nearly halfway. Remember…. steely resolve. You WILL do it. Love, Tech Support. x

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      1. It’s on the list of things to do, but there are just not enough hours in the day at the moment. Also, our scanner isn’t working but we’ll get it on somehow, sometime soon.
        Alison

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  12. Hi Tom, this is Miss Musson (your long-ago English teacher from Emanuel School!)

    I’ve just come across your website – wow, impressive indeed – and wanted to wish you the very best of luck with your endeavours. I have every faith that you will succeed.

    I also wanted to mention a very good friend of mine, Elvis Munis, who has recently completed a round-the-world bicycle ride and may be able to give you some useful advice along your journey. His website: http://www.chiletokili.com has some information regarding some of his experiences, but if you would like me to put you directly in touch with him, then drop me a line; am happy to do so and I know he would be happy to help you however he can. I know he will be able to give you a whole range of contacts for staying/meals/good routes etc. along the way, plus am sure some valuable advice to keep you going.

    Best of luck to you Tom – I look forward to following your journey.

    Miss Musson

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    1. Hi Miss,

      Thanks so much for the message, I hope you’re well.
      I’ve briefly checked out his website, very impressive; what a journey! I’m currently a bit short on time but if my knee doesn’t ease up, then a rest day may be on the cards and I’ll have a thorough read of the site. If I do want to get in touch I’ll let you know.
      Thank you for all this, it’s really appreciated!
      Best wishes,
      Tom

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  13. Hi Thomas – not seen you for a good few years, but I used to play rugby and cycle with your Dad. Not been out with the Strictly boys for a long, long time, due to surgery on knees and hip (yes – I’m very old !) but I’m hugely impressed with your current undertaking (and very envious). Have a wonderful trip and I look forward to following your thoughts on twitter and blog.

    Mark (Lobbo) Vernon

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  14. Bonjour Tom,

    I have no word to tell you how much I’m impressed by your challenge and courage. I will definitely follow your trip around the world and I wish you all the best from all my heart. Hope French people and motorists have not given you a hard time…
    Bonne chance,

    Joelle, Samuel’s mum from Ironsides

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  15. Certainly covered a bit of ground since only last week when you were in the School newsletter! Good luck with the next stage and we’ll keep an eye on your rapid progress from the relative comforts of the DT building., Take care and good luck.
    Andy

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  16. Hi Tom – Eddie here (old school mate of your Dad’s – he will be nothing but complimentary) what a way to spend a gap year – some people go and laze about in Goa but seeing as you are a Davies I can completely understand the wanderlust – I think it a bit extreme tho to just get out of tidying your room!
    Notice you are scheduled to be in Perth / WA at some stage – any idea when cos I will be doing some travelling myself in the same neck of the woods in May which might be a bit early – if dates coincide I would be only too pleased to buy you a lemonade which is what they drink over there I believe

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  17. Thomas……How’s it going? We’re often talking about you with the boys, wondering what you’re seeing, experiencing, etc. It’s all so exciting to have a goal and push yourself to achieve it. And always remember the meaning of adventure: to be uncomfortable in an unfamiliar place. Simple but true. We should all be so lucky to have adventure in our lives! Good for you. Lots of love, Kelly Hail

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  18. Hi Tom, I’m the chair of trustees at Carney’s Community and work closely with George Turner. I just want to say I think you’re an absolute bloody hero!

    On behalf of everyone at Carney’s, thanks so much for your support and for putting yourself through this for us and the other charities. We’re all following you’re progress and wishing you the very best of luck! I hope it’s a great adventure, and that you are wearing very comfortable lycra.

    Keep peddling
    -Paul

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  19. Dear Tom,

    Wow….I was impressed before you started, I am very impressed now you have started and I will be even more impressed when you finish. Good luck with the rest of the trip, I look forward to reading how you are getting on.

    Al

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  20. Hi Tom unfortunately we ve just missed meeting you in Goa as you decided not to leave your route but please contact us if you need any assistance in India . We wish you all the best and admire your courage and your endurance! Aly and Alex (Saligoa, Goa, India)

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  21. Greetings Tom
    I heard from Tom Campbell that you will be in Adelaide as part of the Australian leg of your journey. Please email me with details of dates etc and I will reply.

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    1. Hi Catherine, many thanks for making contact. Tom C had emailed saying you would be happy to help Tom D out as and when he made it to Adelaide. At the moment, assuming Tom keeps up the pace he’s setting, he’ll be in Adelaide around mid-May. Perhaps we could touch base nearer the time, when we know he’s on schedule? All the best, Huw (T’s Dad).

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  22. Tom, it’s incredible how far you have gone. We are all in awe. You have missed a crap season in Cham, so you made a good choice! Best of luck with the Ossie leg. Much love and support, the Milletts. x

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  23. Very impressed with all this Tom. I’ll find out from your mother how to donate some money. Shame you’re not going to Japan.
    Simon and Chieko.

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  24. Every time I see an update of your trip I marvel at the scale of your endeavour; it’s a really amazing challenge that you seem to be taking in your stride (or revolution, or whatever circular term fits a bike wheel). Anyway you are a total star. You sound like you’re having a fabulous time. Well done and enjoy Oz!

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  25. Great to meet you and your dad last night. Safe travels for the rest of your awesome journey. Cant wait read to read the book one day. Nigel and Sonya.

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  26. Tom

    allez allez

    I am keeping pace with you on my stationary bike. And I have now reached the gym cafeteria for a break.
    Seriously what a journey. I hope that you feel like you have now broken the back of it. If not your knees. See you in Cham some time soon

    David and family

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  27. I started following your progress on strava and I must say I am thoroughly impressed. Young and adventurous. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to us slightly older cyclists that tend to think we are already awesome. Your experience is humbling. Best of luck. You’re almost there!

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  28. Hi Tom,

    Can’t believe you’ve almost completed your enormous challenge! We’ve been following your blog and are truely impressed.
    I’m taking part in the Ride London on Sunday and think that that’s a challenge! … and to think your doing that mileage day after day.

    Enjo your last couple of weeks.

    Carol, David, Kirsten & Lewis

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  29. Hi Tom – this is Lolly’s mum – I’m so in awe of what you’ve achieved – you’re definitely the most impressive person I’ve never met (yet)! Congratulations and hope you have a fantastic homecoming next weekend. Helen x

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  30. I rode just the 10 Mediterranean countries in 7 months (57 year old). I picked Albania as my best of those 10 countries. The people were amazing and the landscape south of Vlore along the coast was Spectacular. I heard about the dog problems there, but never really saw any, good luck I guess. Keep Riding and Good Luck down the road
    Jeff

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