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2016's Challenge. Last summer I cycled around Britain through all 97 counties. Read all about it in Route Britannia!
in Minsk, Belarus
(Yes, I know my
eyebrows are weird.)
Hello, I'm Steven. Pleased to meet you. Between March 2011 and August 2013 I cycled 22,000 miles (35,500 km) between 52* capital cities and in 53 countries of Europe. At the same time I studied for a couple of degrees with The Open University and University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and raised money for three charities: Blood Pressure UK, Action for Animals and OUSET. It was bloody amazing.
The ride was also a gastronomic extravaganza. I munched my way through eels, sausages that smelled of poo, lung and spleen stew, a sheep's intestine sandwich, testicles, a brain, a handful of maggots and a marmot.
My adventure is sadly over but I learnt a lot and so I decided to throw this knowledge out there for anyone else who wants to cycle (and perhaps cycle-study) around Europe. It's all to the left - under Cycling Info By Country. I'd also love to absorb into these pages any comments I receive from you to make this site more useful over time and not limited solely to the route I took and the experience I had. All comments are gratefully received.
I've written a book about my journey - No Place Like Home, Thank God - and it's available now from Amazon. Buying my book supports this site and maybe if I can sell enough copies I might even be able to afford to go on another huge bike ride in the future. I'd like that. Though I'm not sure the marmots would.
* The site is called UniCycle50 because when I set off I only intended to visit fifty capitals. I added some more on along the way.
Amazon Reviews for
No Place Like Home,
"...by far the best cycle-based travel book I have read."
"Inspirational and very funny.”
"...the funniest book I've read for a very long time."
"...made me laugh out loud as well as ponder the meaning of life."
"I guarantee you WON'T put it down"
"...a great read."
"Laugh out loud funny."
"...kept me laughing all the way along."
"...never a dull page."
"BIG laughs, pithy observations on life, the universe and everything else and simply great stories."
"Thought-provoking and funny"
"Very useful website. I love it."
(Marianne, UniCycle50 comment)
"Sweet website, super layout, very clean."
(Anon, UniCycle50 comment)
"Love your descriptions of European food!"
"This is great. There needs to be one for the whole world. Loved your descriptions of the UK and Russia!"
"Very good website."
"This looks great."
"Love the site."
(theDaveB, CTC Forum)