We’re keen to help you make this year your best for cycling. If you have a goal or an event to train hard for, we want to help guide you to success. To motivate you, we’ve been gathering inspiration from incredible adventurers and cyclists alike.
Laura Bingham is one such adventurer who, at the age of 18, began her travels around the world in an attempt to quench her wanderlust. Having run out of money whilst teaching English in Mexico, Laura couldn’t afford the flight home, and so had to hitch a ride on a sail boat back to the UK, which took 2 months.
Two years back in the UK, and Laura’s itch to travel and seek adventure lead her on one of the most incredible trips of a life-time: cycling across South America with no money whatsoever. To understand how this trip came to be, we must go back to the beginning.
Where it all began
Being a natural born adventurer, it didn’t take long for Laura Bingham to begin planning her next challenge. Being engaged to a fellow advetnure junkie, Ed Stafford, it was only a matter of time before she hatched a plan to be on her way.
The idea of cycling across South America came from a mixture of her previous travel experiences, and having a good grasp of the Spanish language. She told me: “I loved the South American culture and wanted to explore more of it” – and what better way to explore than on two wheels?
But cycling across countries on long expeditions have been done before, and Laura wanted to do more than just cycle South America, she wanted to do it for a good cause also.