Cycling Around the World


Routes and Maps of World Cyclists

Posted by Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World on March 28, 2017 at 4:50 AM
Firstly, some people believe that to cycle around the world, each available mile of road or track should be ridden. Not so, and no person I am aware of has ever done that

Each of the maps below, show world cyclist routes, and the first think you notice is how they use planes or boats to get from place to place, when there is actually a possibility of cycling much of what they have missed out.

This is due to a number of reasons, such as war, too short a visa to allow for cycling, to harsh a landscape to pass safely through, and so on. And so its perfectly acceptable to skip those countries altogether, and they do.

Each one of these maps below, shows countries completely bypassed. And when trying to work around this when coming up with how The Guinness World Record Rules should be written, they came up with a few simple but rigid rules, and here are some as follows:


  •  The journey should be in one direction (East to West or West to East).


  • The minimum distance ridden should be 18,000 miles (29,000 km).


  • The total distance travelled by the bicycle and rider should exceed an Equator's length.


  • The clock does not stop for any waiting time for transit flights or ferries or for the duration of the transit.


  • Pass through 2 antipodal points on the Earth. Points exactly opposite each other.


 Most do this supported when trying for a record, but for self-supported, look at it as follows:


  •  Do it all yourself, under your own power.


  •  Carry all your own gear (i.e. no domestiques) 


  • No outside support (deliveries only to public addresses such a post offices, courier depots, shops, 'open' homes such as those in warmshowers.org,


  • No support vehicles of any kind meeting the rider along the way to provide supplies).


  • 'Pure' unsupported rides also preclude any visits from friends or others along the way.


  • Riders to be alone for the entire ride, with a minimum 5-bicycle-length distance from any other riders or support vehicles. 

My own route and plans

I don't plan on breaking any records, and would not have a hope in hell anyway. Well, I might qualify for the slowest circumnavigation, or the oldest person, or maybe even nicest :). OK so I may be pushing it with that last one. Actually, I might have to inquire about that :)

My rules are as follows:


  • Have a bloody good time.


  • Not be in any rush.


  • I will cover at least the 18,000 miles through all the countries I want to travel through, and none that I don't.


  • Follow the sunshine whenever possible, as I really hate the cold, the wind, and the rain :).


  • Pass through those pesky antipodal points, likely to be in Spain and New Zealand.

  • Take as many photos and film as many videos as I can.


  • Smile as much as I can, and try try try to stay out of trouble :). This will be the hardest part :)


I am out to circumnavigate the world while enjoying places that I also want to see. I am also not stuck on any planned route. If I want to set off in another direction at any time, I will.

This is my own planned route (for now), but for lots of others who have actually completed, click the link here: CLICK and it will take you to my other page in more detail than I can fit in this blog post. 



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