Nick Sanders

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Nick Sanders

Nick Sanders is a British bicyclist, motorcyclist and author noted for his long-distance riding and has ridden around the world seven times[1].

In 1992 he rode around the world on a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle[2].

On 9 June 1997, Sanders completed a world record 19,930-mile (32,070 km) motorbike circumnavigation of the world in a record riding time of 31 days 20 hours on a Triumph Daytona[3][4][5].

In 2005 Sanders completed a 2nd circumnavigation by motorbike taking 19 days 4 hours on a Yamaha R1[6].

In the summer of 2011, Sanders became the first person to ride from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and back in under 49 days, 17 hours, a ride he completed on a Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré. The first leg of the trip was completed in 21 days, just a few hours short of Dick Fisher's record ride and easily outpacing the Guinness World Record of 35 days, currently held by Globebusters' Kevin and Julia Sanders[7].

Sanders normally eschews the dual-sport motorcycles traditionally employed for these type of journeys in favour of Yamaha Motor Company’s flagship sport bike, the R1[8].

Sanders has taken groups of riders around the world,[4] as well as Europe and the USA. He has also organised semi competitive road events in the UK. He has made films and written books about his journeys[9].

In 1981 Sanders set the original record for World record for cycling around the World, riding 13,609 miles (21,900 km) around the Northern Hemisphere in 138 days.
In 1984 he repeated the world cycling circumnavigation riding about 22,000 km in a time of 79 days. Guinness world records set the rules in 2003 and did not record Sanders' time as he did not cross antipodal points on the globe[10]
Sanders still holds the Guinness World Record for fastest ride around the coast of Great Britain, riding a verified 4,800 miles (7,720 km) in 22 days[11].
Sanders has also cycled to the source of the White Nile, across the Sahara to Timbuktu and the length of South America[12].

He has also taken two narrowboats across the English Channel and along the entire length of the River Danube to the Black Sea.[13] Sanders holds a private pilot licence for a hot air balloon and flies microlights[14].

Born in 1958 in Manchester he now lives in Wales and has three children[15] [16].


  • Sanders, Nick (1988). The great bike ride: around the world in 80 days. Ashford Press. ISBN 978-1-85253-228-4.
  • Sanders, Nick (1989). Short summer in South America. Ashford Press. ISBN 978-1-85253-201-7.
  • Sanders, Nick (1999). Fastest Man Around the World. On the Road. ISBN 978-0-9537290-0-5.
  • Sanders, Nick (2004). Loneliness of the Long Distance Biker. On the Road. ISBN 978-0-9549081-0-2.


Sanders, Nick Journey To The Source Of The Nile, 1983 ISBN 0 946940 00 2

  1. ^ "Nick Sanders Expeditions". Yamaha UK website.
  2. ^ "Nick Sanders Expeditions". Yamaha UK website.
  3. ^ "19,930 miles around the world in 31 days 20hrs". MCN website.
  4. ^ a b Inman, Gary (6 July 2002). "Man with a global view". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  5. ^ Guinness World Records 2001. Guinness World Records Ltd. 2000. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-892051-01-1.
  6. ^ "Ride round the world in 19 days and four hours". MCN website.
  7. ^ "Nick Sanders - The Incredible Ride". Motorbike Europe.
  8. ^ "Nick Sanders". Touratech website.
  9. ^ "Nick Sanders books, DVD, films". Nick Sanders.
  10. ^ "History & Definition of Bikepacking Races". Ride Far website.
  11. ^ "Guy Martin abandons around-Britain cycling record attempt with injury". Cycling Weekly.
  12. ^ "Nick Sanders". Touratech website.
  13. ^ Brace, Matthew (3 August 1995). "Wide horizons of the narrowboat adventurer". The Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Nick Sanders biography". Nick Sanders.
  15. ^ "Interview with Nick Sanders". One Steph Beyond.
  16. ^ "Nick Sanders". Rust Sports.

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