001: Alastair Humphreys – Winter Cycling In Siberia

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Welcome to the new “Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast!”


The Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast is a new radio-like audio program featuring short, funny and motivational interviews with a wide range of the world’s most interesting and experienced bikers, hikers, campers, climbers, and adventurers of all sorts (with a focus, of course, on bicycle touring and bike travel).

Just click play using the media player below to listen to the first episode of the show… or download the MP3 file and listen to the podcast anywhere you want!


While bicycle touring, cycling and world travel will remain at the core of each episode, topics of discussion will range from information on how to find a good travel partner… to stories sharing some of the most rewarding moments from the road… to advice on how to stay motivated when your travel plans don’t go the way you had hoped. We’ve created this show to assist, inspire and motivate you to get outside, see the world, meet new people, make new friends, and live a life of true adventure!

Best of all, the Adventure Podcast is 100% free and a new episode will be published every other week (both here on the Bicycle Touring Pro website and in the iTunes store).

Episode 001: An Interview With Alastair Humphreys

In the first episode of the Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast I speak with British adventurer, author and motivational speaker, Alastair Humphreys. In the bicycle touring world, Alastair is best known for his four-year-long bike trip around the world, which resulted in two incredible books about his journey. (Click the following links to read my reviews of Alastair’s books – #1 & #2)

Since cycling around the world, Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed a boat across the Atlantic Ocean, run 6 marathons across the Sahara desert, raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes, was named as one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year” in 2012 and speaks to audiences all around the world about the lessons he’s learned from his travels in more than 80 different countries all around the world.

In addition to all that, Alastair Humphreys is the author of more than a half-dozen books, including his most recent hit, “Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes” in which he spread the message that “Adventure is everywhere, every day, and it’s up to us to find it.”

Alastair Humpreys - interview for Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast

Learn more about Alastair Humphreys on his official website at:

Here’s What You Can Expect To Learn

With so many possible subjects to discuss with Alastair in this first episode of the Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast, I decided to focus our time in this interview on his experiences cycling in Siberia, which he did during the wintertime as a part of his 4-year-long bike tour around the world. I decided to focus on this specific part of Alastair’s bike ride because it’s currently the middle of winter here in the northern hemisphere and I thought that now would be a good time for Alastair to pass on some of his tips and tricks for cycling in the cold, wet, ice and snow.

During this short 16-minute audio interview with Alastair Humphreys, you will learn how he survived the brutally cold weather he encountered while cycling in Siberia, how he found food and water to consume along the way, how he stayed both mentally and physically fit during his endeavor, and what he thinks about other people taking up similar winter cycling adventures.

Make sure you listen to the special “Microadventures” bonus round at the end of this first episode to hear about the time Alastair was nearly arrested for riding a bicycle in the nude through a Japanese town!

Click play on the media player above to stream the first episode of the Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast on your computer. Or download the MP3 file and listen to it whenever and wherever you like. It’s totally free… and  the next episode will be released in two week’s time!

For those of you looking to subscribe to the Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast on iTunes, just click here. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that new episodes are sent to you automatically… and if you really want to help me out, be sure to give the show a 5-star review.

Additional Information

  • Or click here to learn about Alastair’s friend, Rob Lilwall, who joined Alastair for his epic bicycle tour across Siberia, and read about their journey together inside his book, “Cycling Home From Siberia.”

Your Comments & Feedback Are Greatly Appreciated

Since this is just the first episode of the Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast and there are more than 25 new episodes of the show scheduled to be released later this year, I’d really appreciate it if you listened to this first episode and told me what you thought in the comments below..

  • What do you think of the format of the show?
  • Is the show too long? Too short? Or just the right length?
  • What type of topics would you like to have covered in future episodes?
  • Who else do you think I should interview for the show?
  • What other ways could I improve the podcast in the future?

Any advice, ideas or opinions would be greatly appreciated (as long you remain friendly).

Thanks in advance for listening to the show and sharing it with anyone you know who might be interested. I can’t wait to hear what you think… and I’m looking forward to releasing the second episode of the Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast in just two more weeks.


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  1. Dan

    December 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Looking forward to listening to the podcaast. Will there be an RSS feed for us non-iTunes users?

  2. Dan

    December 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Then consider me subscribed. Thanks!

  3. W. Wade

    December 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I saw a post where you stated you would be interested in pulling a camper trailer, really, how would you climb with it? Are you going to review it?

    • Bicycle Touring Pro

      December 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Ha. Yeah, I left a comment on an article saying that I would love to try pulling this gigantic bicycle camper trailer that is made in Denmark. I think it would make for an interesting mini bike tour. I don’t think it would be the sort of thing you could use on a real long-distance bike tour. But for something on flat ground and in the right environment, maybe something like that would be really wonderful. It’s a unique item that I’d love to actually try out. Stay tuned to see if I have a chance to review it!

  4. alec

    January 6, 2015 at 9:17 am

    very interesting… not something I see myself doing though 😉
    thanks for sharing 🙂

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