Kapp to cape Never look back : race to the end of the earth

Reza Pakravan

Book - 2017

Steve and I clutched hands -- his right in my left -- and then we simultaneously pushed down with our feet. Cogs clicked, wheels turned, and we were on our way. We left Nordkapp within minutes. Cape Town was only 18,000 kilometres away.Deciding to break away from his comfortable lifestyle in London, Reza and his friend Steve set off from the most northerly point on mainland Europe to cycle the 11,000 miles to the other end of the planet, completely unsupported.Their expedition becomes a race aga...inst the clock, as they attempt to complete the trip in a world record of just 100 days. Battling punishing terrain and primitive roads, harsh and debilitating climates, malaria, food poisoning and heat stroke, their thrilling journey brings them face to face with some of the world's most stunning, memorable and volatile regions.This is the intensely personal story of one man's mission to create a more positive, purposeful life, and the compelling account of the epic journey he took to get there.

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Subjects
Genres
Travel writing
Published
Chichester, West Sussex : Summersdale [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781849539678
1849539677
Main Author
Reza Pakravan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In 2013, extreme-adventure devotee Pakravan, an Iranian living in London, and his friend Steve Pawley undertook the challenge of cycling unsupported from Nordkapp, Norway, to Cape Town, South Africa. Their goal was to pedal the 11,000 miles in 100 days and thereby earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. This was no typical trek, the kind where flat tires pose the main obstacle; rather, the authors faced such ordeals as encounters with wild animals, horrific heat, torrential rains, bouts of malaria, even a run-in with an armed militia. Throughout the 13 countries (Norway, Finland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa)—some of which were beset by war, in addition to harsh conditions—the riders suffered physical and psychological challenges but also experienced heartwarming interactions with a diverse cross section of humanity. Pakravan's inspiring, often riveting account of his adventure showcases his remarkable optimism and benefits from a pleasing balance of humor and introspection. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Deciding to break away from his comfortable lifestyle, Reza and his friend Steven set off from the Arctic Circle to cycle 11,000 miles to Cape Town in 100 days. Battling punishing terrain, harsh climates and severe illness, their thrilling journey brings them face to face with some of the world's most stunning, memorable and volatile regions.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Deciding to break away from his comfortable lifestyle in London, Reza and his friend Steven set off from the most northerly point on mainland Europe to cycle the 11,000 miles to the other end of the planet, completely unsupported. Their expedition becomes a race against the clock, as they attempt to complete the trip in a world record of just 100 days. Battling punishing terrain and primitive roads, debilitating climates, malaria, food poisoning, and heat stroke, their thrilling journey brings them face to face with some of the world&;s most stunning, memorable, and volatile regions. This is the intensely personal story of one man&;s mission to create a more purposeful life, and the epic journey he took to get there.