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Monday, 13 April 2009

Cycle Strongman: An Interview with Chris Roach - Page 4

Written by Kristen Hamill
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On March 28, 2009, Australian Chris Roach set out on an eight-year journey to cycle the world. The 27-year-old Newcastle native is the one-man operation behind the Cycle Strongman Expedition, an idea Roach conceived only months before hitting the road in efforts to promote awareness about environmental change, raise money for Oxfam International, and see the world without traveling by car or plane. His proposed 75,000-kilometer journey will take him through Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Americas, Eastern Asia, and back down to Australia, and it will be virtually carbon-emission free. Roach hopes that by circumnavigating the globe on one set of wheels and aboard the occasional sailboat, he will inspire people to lead more sustainable lifestyles and look to the rest of the world on how to live in tune with the environment.


Will you be blogging or video blogging along the way?

I have my website ( ) and I’ll be blogging on there and doing regular updates, photos, and videos I hope. The expedition will be carbon neutral, so I will have an environmental section on the site, giving people ways to help the environment, since that is the focal point of the expedition. Cycle Strongman: An Interview with Chris Roach, awareness about environmental change, raising money for Oxfam International, cycle the world, cycle Australia, cycle South East Asia, cycle the Middle East, cycle Europe, cycle Africa, cycle the Americas, cycle Eastern Asia,,I hope to jump into Internet cafes and update the site throughout the trip so people can hear my stories and share in the experience. I want to incorporate a learning-based module as well, geared to junior school kids, to learn about the environment and landscapes that I travel through.


Are there any countries or areas of the world that you are particularly looking forward to or not looking forward to traveling through?

You know what it’s like when you are traveling and you have all these perceived ideas about what a country is like and it turns out to be totally different, that’s what I’m looking forward to—not knowing. That’s how I feel about going through the Himalayas; I haven’t been there before. That part of the route will take me through India, Nepal, and up through China. The one area I’m concerned about the most is Africa. Things change over there so quickly, and governments come and go. I mean there are other countries as well but I’m a little bit more worried – not worried but cautious, when it comes to Africa. That will be the biggest challenge.


What were you doing before you planned the expedition?

I was working as an engineer for an environmental consulting company, and kind of the reason why I wanted to get away from that job is because I wasn’t really happy with the work, a lot of it was in coal mining. I couldn’t see any sustainability in it and it was really frustrating being an engineer, especially an environmental engineer, working in that field. It really started to weigh on me; if you’re not a part of the solution you are part of the problem. That spurred me on as well to do something different in my life and change the world in my own little way.

To contact or follow Chris Roach on his Cycle Strongman Expedition, visit his website at .

©Kristen Hamill

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