Welcome to Cycling4Cancer!

My name is Chris Gruar, and this is my blog of my charity cycling trip from England to Australia. This was my first major cycling adventure, and through doing the journey I set out to raise money for Worldwide Cancer Research (previously the Association for International Cancer Research – AICR). The ride took over twenty-seven  months and totaled nearly forty-three thousand kilometers, taking me through forty-three countries.

While on the road I shared my journey through regular blog updates, photographs, videos, and press and media. You can also check out my road-by-road route by viewing my map. If your new to the site and still wondering why the hell someone would choose to cycle alone across the world, then please have a read through my Frequently Asked Questions!

58 comments on “About

  1. Hello chris

    I on behalf of my team http://www.power2sports.com, I wish you great success and good luck in your mega route to acquiring funds for a project so human, as fundamental to all.

    We’re promote your project on our website: http://www.power2sports.com and our facebook page.

    We are free to go regularly to make summaries of your trip and get photos of your tour when referring to your blog, please let us know if you do not agree with this.

    Good luck!

    Délio Raimundo

    • Hi Delio,

      Thank you for your support for my upcoming charity cycling adventure. It’s going to be a very challenging journey, but with your kind words of support I’m sure I will struggle through the tough times ahead! If you would like me to write specific pieces for the power2sports website then please email me anytime during my trip.

      I look forward to keeping in touch with Power2Sports on the road!

      Thanks again,


  2. Hello Chris,

    best of luck for you in this challenging tour. From my side I can offer you a service for the bike in Vilnius, Lithuania. Of course I’ll also can arrange safe stay here in Vilnius.

    Best regards and have a good one,


    • Hi Andrius,

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, and a service in Vilnius will be absolutely fantastic, thanks! I think my Dawes Vantage will be in much need of a good service by that stage! I am hoping to spend at least a few days in Vilnius too as I’ve heard so many positive things about the city! Thanks you again and I look forward to meeting you in Lithuania 🙂

      Take care,


  3. ur welcomee, u will be missed at freeston, u was a great teacher and i hope u have a good trip!! chloe.

  4. Have a good and trouble free trip Chris. My wife and I had a brief chat with you in Buxton on the 2nd.
    Very best wishes

    Norma & Trevor Duffield, Heanor, Derbyshire.

    • Thanks Norma and Trevor – the days on the bike can get really lonely, so thanks for coming over for a chat! I really appreciate your donation- keeps me going up those hills! The ride south from Buxton through Staffordshire was beautiful.

      Take care,


  5. Hi Chris, I’m one of the girls from the cafe you were in today at Acton Scott. I came home an told mum about what you were doing. She said if you need somewhere warm to stay in this awful weather then your are more than welcome to stay on her sofa tonight.

    If not best wishes,


    • Hi Ceri- thanks for your kind offer! Unfortunatle I dont have the internet on me on the road, so I was only able to get your message now- thanks anyway! It was quite a miserable night, but I had a few hundred sheep to keep me company! Oh and the carrot cake and orange juice use were kind enough to donate really cheered me up in the tent 🙂

      Take care Ceri


  6. Hi Chris, Rob’s brother here. Just a message to give you the best of luck; we’ll be following you all the way here in Italy. If & when you need anything then don’t hesitate to contact us – there are lots of Carbs and Pasta around!!

  7. Hi Chris, Rob’s brother here calling from Italy. Just a message wishing you all the best on your journey homeward bound. If & when you need anything (if Italy’s on the path) then don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ve got plenty of carbs and pasta!!

    • Hey mate,

      Thanks for the kind offer in Italy. I am tempted to cross the Alps actually, so in eight months time who knows! And I certainly will need weeks of feasting on carbs by that time. After our clubbing experience in Robs house we could even live stream another trance night 🙂

      All the best,


  8. Chris, it was a pleasure to meet you and find out more about your exciting journey to raise all important funds for the treatment of cancer. With your interest in history, Fishbourne Roman Palace seemed like an appropriate place to stop. You sure are a fast cyclist. I have an electric bicycle and could barely keep up with you.

    Best wishes

    • Thanks Elizabethe – it was great to meet you too and the scones and tea kept me going all afternoon 🙂 Im jealous of your electric bike (I think ill have to get me one to get up to the Arctic). Ill keep in touch with you via email with the magazine. All the best, Chris

  9. Hi Chris,
    you met a friend of mine, Alex, few days ago in France.

    Just wanted to wish you best of luck and offer any remote help I can give you in Italy and offer to keep you company for few kms when you finally get to Australia. By the time you get here I’m sure I can switch from marathons to cycling.

    What you are doing is amazing.

    • Hi Luca,

      Great to hear from you – and thanks for the wishes! If you havn’t changed to cycling by then than perhaps you can get me running (although I can usually only manage a kilometre or so)…



  10. Great blog for a great cause! Best of Luck and a safe journey to you. {There is a blog called boundsouth.org, it’s about brothers who did a ride like this for Habitat for Humanity. Just thought their journey might encourage you on yours.}

  11. Great doing for this noble cause Chris, I really appreciate your effort, I am new to blogging and really liked your blog and what you are doing.
    Cycling such a long distance is adventurous and must be exciting, keep your spirits high
    My best wishes with you 🙂


  12. I admire your sense of adventure and purpose!

    My mom and grandmother both died from breast cancer.

    And I also work for humanitarian cause.

    Why not pass by Philippines? We have beautiful scenery of beaches and mountains…

    I wish you all the best!

  13. Chris you’re amazing!! It won’t be too long now before you reach the half-way mark. CELEBRATIONS…what an epic journey and special life experience. ‘Good luck’ for the remainder of your chosen expedition and ‘good health’ to ensure your dream comes true! Best wishes….Marion.

  14. Hi there….I saw you yesterday in Mostar(BIH)….it’s amaizing that what are u doing!!!!!! Best wishes from Croatia….

  15. It was inspiring to meet you today in Sarajevo, we hope you found a good dentist! All the best for your epic trip. We will follow your progress to Australia.

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  17. Chris,
    Couldn’t be happier and prouder to see what you’re up to. It’s a long way from Elderslie but you’ll be pleased to hear your adventure has had comments here in the states. Great Job!! Keep the picture coming.

    • Thanks Hardy – yeah Elderslie feels like a world away from here in Macedonia! Slight chance a ride across America might happen, so I’ll keep you posted if I extend the trip there… Great to hear from you; let me know if you want to put those rowing skills of yours to use for charity (a race along the biketrack in Camden? haha) 🙂

      All the best,


  18. Hi Chris,

    I really like that you are doing and it was such a pleasure to meet you in Greece.

    I hope you continue and raise enough money to accomplish your purpose .

    Best wishes,


    • Hi Thanos,

      Thanks for your words. I’m grounded in Patras for another week to wait for a new bike from England. Thankfully I’ve been able to arrange multiple school visits next week so its nice to put my time here to use!

      All the best,


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    • Poppy it’s nice to hear your enjoying the journey! I wish I had such ready access to a mug of coffee… in Iran I’m struggling to find some proper Turkish brew, except in places like the bazaars of Esfahan. Unfortunately it’s still a month until my next blog, although I will have a post up from Mashhad sharing the ten images I’ve taken at each thousand km to 20, 000!


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