“STRONGMAN” is symbolic.  It represents the strength, sacrifice and fortitude needed to see an 8 year global expedition to conclusion. For Chris Roach, the energetic Australian behind Cycling Strongman, it also serves as a constant, subtle reminder not to take himself, or the expedition, too seriously!

As he puts it, the “CYCLE” is the metaphorical symbol of life – the beginning, the journey and the return. The biCYCLE is thus the vehicle for discovery, completing the image nicely! And as Lance Armstrong puts it, “It’s not about the bike, it’s a metaphor for life!”

This bicycle touring blog will eventually cover Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, sailing across two oceans and eight seas and, if luck, health and good winds have it, lead Chris all the way back home again.

The expedition began in March 2009, and Chris is currently at the foothills of Mount Everest.

One of the best parts of Cycling Strongman is the tips, tricks and advice section.

Here you’ll find information on:

Countries: Advice from the road, places to go, road conditions, availability of food

Cycling: Everything to do with the bike

Expeditions: How to plan your own bicycle touring expedition and get sponsors?

There’s a particularly helpful post on bicycle touring inTibet and how to ‘sneak in.’

Here`s what Chris has to say about approaching companies for sponsorship for a bicycle tour:

  1. Keeping it light and fun
  2. Share your enthusiasm (people want be inspired by what you are doing)
  3. Conviction – Make sure they know you believe in what you’re doing and you will do what you’re setting out to do no matter what. They get a lot of people running off with their gear and never hear from them again.
  4. Have an angle/story to sell yourself and your adventure

Follow the Cycling Strongman as he lives out his dream to complete an unassisted, low emission, solo, circumnavigation of the planet on a bicycle.

The Cycle Strongman: an eight-year odyssey around the world by bicycle

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