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.
Follow Luke on his adventure at:
~ 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