A plan to cycle from London to Sydney was hatched by Andy and I on a cold night in a south London pub. The idea grew, gathered momentum and on the 13th August 2011 we said goodbye to our families and friends at Trafalgar Square in Central London. Scared and excited in equal measure we set off. We were driven by the desire for a great adventure, a huge challenge and to support the wonderful charity War Child.
Sixteen months later Andy and I rolled into Sydney after cycling 15,000 miles through 21 countries. It was an incredible adventure, a great challenge and due to the kindness and generosity of people like you so far we have raised over £30,000 for War Child. In December 2012 Andy who flew home to London for Xmas with his family and began working on different adventures.
My plan was different though, I want to make the return journey back to London by bicycle. So in January 2013 I began cycling the full length of the Andes from Argentina to Colombia. I completed the ride in August 2014 rolling into Trafalgar Square where Andy and I had set off from three years earlier.
Matt on Matt
I’m affectionately known as Burger or Ronald (Matt McDonald…). After overcoming the lethargy of my early 20’s I dusted off my ‘life to-do list’*. I promptly went about climbing mountains, running marathons and telling my friends that I was going to cycle round the world.
With little cycling experience (read none) this journey was not a natural one for me to make. However with the opportunity to take on a truly great challenge, have an amazing adventure and to raise a significant sum for an incredible charity I was hooked on the idea from the start.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to ‘see the world’. I got my first real taste spending six months travelling around South East Asia after Uni. This was a real eye opener for me and I immensely enjoyed experiencing other cultures and learning about the rich diversity on our planet. Since then I have harboured a desire to get out once more for another long but also challenging adventure, however I failed to find the right opportunity…until now
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” – Anais Nin
* Still need to walk on fire and do the Evil Knievel, Snake River Canyon jump.
Matt’s Aim’s for the Expedition
– To learn about the history and culture of the places we visit
– To engage, as much as possible with the people we meet
– To take on a challenge greater than anything I have ever done before
– To raise £50,000 for War Child
– To inspire and motivate others
Andy Madeley on Andy Madeley
What can I say about myself and my achievements…well, I have not broken any world records, I haven’t written any best selling books, I’m not on the TV or radio. Nor do I have an album out, this web site has all of 2 readers (that’s Matt and me). I haven’t guest lectured at MIT, Harvard or Oxford and nobody ‘important’ is going to big-me-up. In short I’m just a guy with an idea and a bike.
I was a 30 something IT administrator working in London who has been bitten by the adventure bug after travelling though South East Asia, Australia, Peru and running my first ultra-marathon in 2009 between London and Brighton. Despite the pain of that first bite I’ve decided that before ‘settling down’ I’d like to contribute something to the world by raising money for War Child and lead an amazing life as, you may not be aware of this, working in IT is not that exciting…
So, armed with a fearlessness that can only come from ignorance and several pints of beer I set about planning an overland adventure between London and Sydney via rail. Along the way the plan changed somewhat and trains were ditched in favour of bikes, a Cynthia has turned into a Matt and I sobered up (don’t worry, it’s only temporary). However, the enthusiasm and desire to get out there remain constant.
Now back in the UK and seeking further adventures…
“Madeley, yeah, he’s alright” – One of my mates
Andy Madeley’s Aim’s for the Expedition
– To raise a £50’000 for War Child
– To record an entertaining account of our travels & to inspire and motivate others
– To challenge my own preconceptions of other people and places
– To get to Sydney in one piece
– To travel, as far as is reasonable, by bike