On the 20th of March 2016, I began a 133-day adventure – racing with and against the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Qingdao, China, to London, United Kingdom. I covered roughly 15,000 miles, solely by pedal and sail power, at an average speed of just 5mph.
I’m not a sailor and I’m not a cyclist, but I didn’t intend to let that stop me. Instead, I wanted to explore the fascinating dynamics of both team and solo sports, while investigating why people choose to take on huge, epic challenges.
On my journey I crossed the Pacific and Atlantic oceans by yacht – and then cycled solo across the USA in just 48 days. This became the basis of a BBC World Service radio series, various newspaper and magazine articles, and a television documentary on Sky Sports.