'A moment of self-realisation among the commuters on London Bridge triggers a selfless and enduring determination in Reza Pakravan, a city financier, to live his own life in a way that makes a positive difference to others. Kapp to Cape is the story of an epic journey of self-discovery, self-discipline and triumph against all the odds. It reveals the best of the human spirit and reminds us, yet again, that a life well-lived is never about the destination: it’s about the ride. '(Deborah Bull, CBE, dancer, writer and broadcaster)
‘An absolute page-turner about Reza’s courageous world-record bid. The inner journey is every bit as fascinating as the outer as he candidly shares his doubts, struggles, challenges and triumphs while navigating some of the world’s most cyclist-unfriendly regions and roads. Recommended!’(Roz Savage, world-record ocean rower and author of Rowing the Atlantic)
‘I am literally lost for words at the scale of this heroic achievement. To the benefit of his readers, Reza isn’t.’(Tim Moore, author of Gironimo!, You Are Awful (But I Like You) and French Revolutions)
‘It took me over a year to cycle to South Africa. Reza managed it in just 100 days – that is extraordinary.’(Alastair Humphreys, adventurer, author and motivational speaker)
'A thrilling and beautiful book. The journey that Reza undertakes – both physically and mentally – is astonishing.'(Ed Stafford, explorer)
‘A brilliantly candid, funny and thought-provoking escape to the wild. Through Reza’s unique cultural lens we are taken on the adventure of a lifetime, and left reflecting on our own sense of purpose and adventure.’(Mark Beaumont, author of The Man Who Cycled the World)
About the Author
Reza Pakravan is a traveller, adventurer and film-maker. He holds the Guinness World Record for crossing the Sahara desert by bicycle: his preferred mode of transport. He has also cycled the Annapurna Circuit, the length of the planet from Norway to South Africa, and through the Amazon rainforest along the Trans-Amazonian Highway. In 2012, he was listed amongst the world’s top 20 most seasoned travellers by Men’s Fitness magazine. Reza is a patron of NGO SEED Madagascar and has received a prestigious Lloyd’s Charity Award for his work building schools and fundraising for Malagasy children.
Charlie Carroll is the author of The Friendship Highway (Summersdale, 2014), No Fixed Abode (Summersdale, 2013) and On the Edge (Monday Books, 2010). He has written for The Guardian, The Big Issue and the Daily Mail, been featured in National Geographic, The Telegraph and The Times, has discussed his work on BBC Radio 5Live and various local radio stations, and has appeared at a number of literary festivals across the UK.