Coffee First, Then the World: One Woman's Record-Breaking Pedal Around the Planet (Hardcover)
'An amazing adventure... I was left in total awe' - Lorraine Kelly
'Brilliant' - Mark Beaumont
'A compelling account of a truly remarkable achievement' - Tim Moore, travel writer
16 countries, 124 days and 18,000 miles. This is the story of one woman's solo lap of the planet by bike.
'The relief was immense: no longer was I talking, thinking or worrying about this. I was just actually doing it. I, Jenny Graham, was riding around the actual world!'
In 2018, amateur cyclist Jenny Graham left family and friends behind in Scotland to become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. Alone and unsupported, she crossed the finish line at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin four months later, smashing the female record by nearly three weeks.
With infectious wit and honesty, Jenny brings readers into her remarkable Round the World adventure, as she takes on four continents, 16 countries – and countless cups of coffee. Her journey swerves from terrifying near road collisions in Russia and weather extremes in Australia to breathtaking landscapes in Mongolia and exhilarating wildlife encounters in North America. Tight on time and money, she resorts to fixing her bike on the fly, sleeping on roadsides and often riding through the night to stay on track and complete her mission.
As she battles physical and mental challenges to race against the clock, Jenny gradually opens up to the joy of the adventure and all its daily discoveries. She gives in to her impulse to connect with people, making friends with strangers across the globe and embracing new cultures.
Coffee First, Then the World is her account of a record-breaking ride, and how one woman and a humble bike conquered the world.
About the Author
Jenny Graham is a Scottish endurance athlete and advocate for women and girls in cycling. She is a public speaker and a presenter for the Global Cycling Network documentary channel. She lives in the highlands of Scotland. @jennygrahamis
“An amazing adventure… I was left in total awe.” —Lorraine Kelly
“Brilliant... Brimming with wonderful observations and reflections, this takes pride of place on the adventure bookshelf.” —Mark Beaumont
“Jenny Graham tackles the world and shares her experiences of the brutal, elite world of endurance cycling with humour, honesty and humility.” —Alastair Humphreys, author and adventurer
“A compelling account of a truly remarkable achievement.” —Tim Moore, travel writer
“Simply astonishing. An astounding feat of physical and mental endurance, told with humour, humility and compassion. A gripping story… I couldn't put it down.” —Kate Rawles, author of The Carbon Cycle
“I adored this book... I have no doubt it'll inspire so many to keep on pedalling - right through their fears and out the other side… Details of the mind-bending logistics of Jenny's self-supported journey around the planet are balanced beautifully with heart-warming tales of the kindness of strangers, descriptions of wild landscapes and (most importantly) where in the world to find the best cinnamon roll... Bravo, Jenny!” —Anna McNuff, author and adventurer
“Gripping, inspiring and remarkably down-to-earth.” —Psychologies
“A rollercoaster ride... With a natural, chatty and engaging style that effuses who Jenny is, this is down-to-earth storytelling of her extraordinary ride... a reminder of what a positive mindset, daily intentions, the kindness of strangers and the love of friends enables even when very far away.” —Karen Darke MBE, Paralympic cyclist and author
“Jenny Graham has been an inspiration to me for years. It's exciting to think how many more people will be inspired after reading her book.” —Emily Chappell, author and founder of The Adventure Syndicate
“Inspiring, funny and gripping, this is one of the best adventure books I've ever read.” —Vassos Alexander, sports presenter, endurance runner and author
“An astonishing achievement, recounted with humility and style.” —Ned Boulting, cycling broadcaster and author
"A riveting read." —The Scotsman
"Jaw-droppingly impressive and compulsively readable." —Felicity Cloake, Guardian columnist
“The meticulous account of [Jenny's] ride – filled with details about her struggle to eat well, maintain her bike, and keep it together mentally – provides an intimate look into an impressive accomplishment. This tale of endurance and determination inspires.” —Publisher's Weekly
“A glorious account of Jenny's adventure around the globe… full of charm… I found myself rooting for her throughout her varying challenges in new cultures, with her slowly deteriorating body and in the internal resistance she so often triumphed over. A raw and incredibly relatable book which inspired me.” —Isla Short, mountain biker
“Characteristically buoyant, completely astounding...” —Adventure Cycling Association
“An inspiring memoir about fulfilling a childhood dream and becoming a record-breaking, round-the-world-cyclist.” —Foreword Reviews
“One can't help but smile … One doesn't have to be a cyclist, a fan of the sport or even know anything about a bike to enjoy this book. If the reader wants to get a first-hand account of a fantastic accomplishment by one woman with determination, then this is the book for them” —Sports Books Guy Blog
"An entertaining and honest account of one very hard trip, unsurprising given that Jenny Graham always comes across as open to new experiences. She clearly delights in relating every new circumstance…whose enthusiasm and endearing charm (and/or goofiness) springs from every page of this excellent book." - Pez Cycling News
"I’ve always found it difficult to hear Graham speak without feeling radically inspired. Her book had the same effect." - Adventure Cycling Association
"A breathtaking account of an extraordinary achievement." —Waterstones