Global cycle adventurer Stephen Fabes to speak in Canterbury

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Cycle adventurer Stephen Fabes will be sharing tales of his astonishing round-the-world odyssey in Canterbury at The Gulbenkian on 22 June.

Fabes is a medical doctor with, he admits, “A bad case of wanderlust and no sense of direction”. He finally found his way home after cycling the length of six continents: a six-year adventure across 75 countries and over 53,000 miles.

Like most decisions of great consequence, Fabes says his plan was settled in a pub, pint in one hand, mini atlas in the other. Soon afterwards he was wobbling away from London on his bike; unfit, overloaded, heading into the coldest winter in Europe for 31 years.

Six years later Fabes rolled back over Westminster bridge having crossed 102 international borders and worn 26 tyres, 16 cables, 14 chains, 12 sets of pedals and five hubs to scrap. His final tally was 53,568 miles of bicycle travel, but none were longer, or more daunting, than the first.

Fabes will share the joys and moments of despair that are part of an adventurer’s life at the The Gulbenkien, Canterbury on 22 June. The event, part of the Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour, also features films and extra entertainment. Steve Scott, director of Kendal Mountain Festival, presents the Tour events and says, “‘Kendal’ is all about adventure; stories of extreme human endurance, breathtaking environments and adrenaline-fuelled excitement. Our Tour events are mini-Festivals that distil this spirit of adventure and exploration into one unique evening.”

Tickets are available via the Tour website.

Can’t make this date? There are a few dates left on the Tour:

  • Brighton: Thursday 23rd June
  • Kings Lynn: 24th June
  • Kendal: Wednesday 29th June

Is there something about being a medic that drives you to crazy feats of endurance (and suffering?). Occasional contributor Adam Boggon is another doctor with a sideline in adventure (don’t agree to ride with him). You might enjoy this tale.

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