At the age of 23, Tom Allen quit a perfectly good career in IT in favour of a life of penniless, wandering itinerancy. He set off with a three-wheeled bicycle, a tent and a video camera, leaving his Midlands home with a madcap idea to cycle round the globe. Fate, however, had other ideas, and eight months into his ride, alone in mountains during a bitter Caucasian winter, he met Tenny — the girl who would change the course of his journey and then his life.
After four saddle-sore years spent cycling across three continents, Tom sat down to write the book that would tell this personal tale of adventure and romance in full. 'Janapar' was published in early 2013, alongside a feature-length documentary created from Tom's raw footage by BBC producer-director James Newton.
Tom continues to write and travel as a full-time occupation, and runs a popular adventure cycling blog at tomsbiketrip.com. He still has no fixed abode.