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Alastair Humphreys

Alistair Humphreys

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Alastair Humphreys is an English cyclist, adventurer, author and motivational speaker.


Alastair Humphreys is an English adventurer, author and motivational speaker. His first big adventure was completing a four-year bicycle journey around the world. He was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012.


Humphreys began his cycling journey in August 2001 from his Yorkshire home. Passing south through Europe and Africa, he crossed to South America by sea from Cape Town and proceeded up the west coast of the Americas, crossed from Alaska to Magadan in Russia, Japan then westward across China and Central Asia to return to Europe. His journey included raising funds and awareness for a charity called Hope and Homes for Children.

Humphreys arrived home in November 2005, having ridden 46,000 miles over four years and three months. He has so far written four books about his experiences titled Moods of Future Joys, Ten Lessons from the Road, Thunder and Sunshine and "The Boy Who Biked the World". A series of three children's books are planned about the journey. Alastair has also written a book about walking across India: "There Are Other Rivers".

Alastair currently works as a motivational speaker. The President of the Royal Geographical Society said, “With the possible exception of Sir David Attenborough, that was the best lecture, and the longest applause that I have heard in the past 15 years. 

In 2008, Humphreys competed in a 150-mile run across the Sahara Desert breaking his foot during the race but still completing the event. He narrowly missed out on a top-100 finish.

In February 2009, Humphreys rowed across the English Channel with Major Paul Packer to raise £1million for Help for Heroes.

In 2009, Humphreys walked across India.

His 2011 "Year of Microadventure" earned him the National Geographic accolade of "Adventurer of the Year". Humphreys pioneered the concept and coined the term 'Microadventure' which has since gained him a global following.

"#microadventure" is now used as a popular hashtag on social media sites.

In 2012 he joined Martin Medak, Simon Osborne and Steve Bowens to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean. The team successfully finished their journey in Barbados after 45 days and 15 hours at sea. He also walked across the Empty Quarter desert and undertook an expedition in Greenland.

In 2013, Humphreys released his first documentary film, Into the Empty Quarter. The film premiered at the Royal Geographic Society London, in November 2013.

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