In March 2012, I left my home in Gloucestershire, UK, to cycle around the world. I have no idea how long this will take ...

Had you ever travelled by bicycle before?

Yes, prior to this trip I had made 3 cycle tours.  In summer 2008, I cycled the length of France from Calais to Montpellier (1500km) with my younger brother James.  We enjoyed our time so much that the next year in 2009 we joined up some major cities in Western Europe (Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Venice etc…) covering roughly 5000km.  In 2011, I cycled the length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  Those excursions certainly helped me prepare for my round the world adventure but previous cycling experience shouldn’t be considered a prerequisite.