Interview 035: Luke Grenfell-Shaw | Re-Writing The Narrative As A CAN(cer) Liver

In this Episode of Bike Tour Adventures i speak with Luke Grenfell-Shaw while he is temporarily back in the U.K. after the Corona Virus made things too difficult to keep on cycling. Luke’s story is different from most, in that on 19 June 2018 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, a very aggressive and rare type of sarcoma which left his lungs riddled with 13 cancerous nodules. One year after being diagnosed and having been through chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, Luke wants to show that it is still possible to live with cancer and to never give up. On January 1st, 2020, Luke left home on a tandem bike with a dream of cycling 23,000km from Bristol to Beijing, passing through 24 countries along the way. Luke decided to ride a tandem bike in order to allow other Can Livers to join him along the way. One major aspect of Luke’s adventure is to also raise money for four cancer related charities as well as a selected charity for each of the legs on the journey. 

To find out more about Luke’s journey, click the play button and have a listen to our amazing conversation.

Cheers. Keep on pedalling.

Chris

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Show Notes

~ 01m 30s     Intro to Luke Grenfell-Shaw
~ 04m 00s     Previous bike touring experience
~ 09m 15s     Circumstances around discovering he has cancer
~ 21m 45s     Fundraising for charity, setting lofty goals and achieving them
~ 30m 45s     Goal of the expedition, what he’s hoping to accomplish
~ 37m 15s     The bike….Chris
~ 46m 50s     The tour, Bristol to Beijing
~ 57m 55s     Mechanical issues during the tour and other challenges
~ 64m 05s     Route when he goes back on tour. More Russia
~ 68m 07s     Highlights of the European leg of the trip
~ 73m 15s     Talking about planning
~ 01h  15m    Putting the tour on hold 
~ 01h  19m    Where to find Luke and NHS appreciation
~ 01h  22m    Costing of the trip, fundraising, buying gear and more
~ 01h  23m    More about the bike and his brother
~ 01h  25m    End of interview, next time on Bike Tour Adventures, Michael Conti
~ 01h  27m    Luke’s new podcast Facing Up introduction

About the Author
Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.

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