I’m Steven White, age 23. On the 1st of April 2019, I will set off on my biggest adventure to date: an 18,000 mile (+) solo and unsupported cycle challenge around the world.
Ever since I was sixteen I've had a crazy dream, which I revisited at key milestones in my life, until I decided to question...why not? Every time I rode the bike the passion grew stronger and so did the calling of the journey. I firmly believe that all my experiences working abroad, my degree and solo adventures have given me the confidence to head out on this adventure.
Riding my bike is a very personal pursuit. I've always cycled solo but I've come to realise it's never a solo experience. When you reach out to people there's always a story to be told. The bike also offers such a unique style of travel and access into people's lives, unlike no other. Over the past few years, whilst working overseas for Holiday Property Bond, I've always cycled to explore new areas, taking them in at the pace of a bike - for me, confirming the bike is the perfect tool to explore the world.
‘It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them’
What's The Plan?
The plan's always changing. You can find my proposed route on the 'Where's Ste?' page (when viewed via computer) and you can also track me when I'm on the move via the 'Follow My Challenge' link.
I have a year to complete the challenge. I am, first and foremost doing this to see the world so I will have to keep reminding myself to live in the moment and to welcome further opportunities to explore as they arise!
Secondly, I want to test my mind and body. I've always loved endurance endeavours and need to determine whether this is my area. This is something I have to do and I believe I can... throwing myself into the deep end perhaps, but I'll swim.
"This trip will change your life! Honestly, the best ride you’ll ever have. Get a Brooks saddle and a steel bike and see the world."
My message is based on the grounds of 'being you' - whatever your heart dictates - go for it! Whatever the outcome, no matter what others say...do the things you want to do and become the person you want to be. I believe we can be our own worst enemies sometimes; I have always been an over-thinker! This is me...and this is my adventure!
'Go Be You'
A dual purpose is served in combining my passion for adventure with fundraising for the charity ‘Mind’. My journey will both support this worthy cause and promote the benefits of cycling as a means of bridging the gap between a healthy mind and body. Current research recognises the interdependent nature of these two key elements as being essential to overall good health.
See the blog link by Joe Wicks who cites the Department of Health's current (2017) findings:
I first came across the charity 'Mind' and its
'Get Set to Go' programme when writing my dissertation on how exercise benefits the mind. This programme encourages people to find a physical activity which they enjoy (and are therefore more likely to maintain) in order to support themselves socially, mentally and physically. 'Get Set to Go' originally started in 2015 and is still achieving fantastic results across the country. Consequently, I hope to support this programme by helping to spread this vital message.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope you feel as passionate as I do about making a difference. Please support and share my epic adventure and its message!
Mind Support Number: 8677695
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