Julian Sayarer rode a bicycle around the world. He did it in 169 days, through 20 countries, covering 18,049 miles at an average 110 miles a day. The achievement earned him a world record, but the book that tells the story - Life Cycles - isn't a story of records, and even the bicycle is kept as little more than the very special vehicle that powered this journey.
Working as a cycle courier in London, Julian learns the world record for a circumnavigation has been broken in conjuntion with banks and big business. Seeing the bicycle and open road reduced to only a corporate marketing strategy, he resolves to do things his own way, and to take back the record.
The story runs from the streets of London, through insurrections in China, and to the trailer families of Louisiana. A snapshot of world politics by bicycle, Life Cycles is a 12mph view of the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It's a look at where we are, and sometimes, at how things could be different.
He also partnered with the Living Wage Foundation for the tour. He lived on £7.65 a day as he cycled around the country, to draw attention to the £7.65/hour rate that is the living wage.
Praise for Life Cycles:
"Life Cycles is On the Road for the Occupy generation."
"Sayarer's love of the open road and his ability to evoke the beauty of travelling by bike are a potent combination. A wonderful, vivid account of a record-breaking, 18,000-mile adventure."