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This Road I Ride: My incredible journey from novice to fastest woman to cycle the globe

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  753 ratings  ·  109 reviews

In December 2012, Juliana Buhring became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by bicycle. With only a few months of training and little sponsorship, support or money she left from Naples on 23 July 2012 to cycle the world.

Raised in a religious cult as a child, Juliana finally broke away as a young adult and found her soul mate - an explorer seeking the source of un

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Published May 19th 2016 by Piatkus
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Elyse Walters
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Oh my ...I wasn't suppose to cry!

I already bought - pre-ordered - this book on Amazon a week ago. This book will be released in a few weeks in stores. I bought this book so that Paul could give it to his mother as a gift. ( she rode her bike across the United States twice).
Yesterday I noticed this book on Netgalley. I had my own - somewhat -interest in reading this story, but honest to God...not with the razzle-dazzle enthusiasm as I'm feeling now. I just finish it!!! I AM SOOOO MOVED!!!! I th
Christi Snow
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
Disclaimer: I am NOT a bicyclist, but my husband is. As a result, I've found a love for the sport. Every year we watch the Tour de France and about six months ago, he drew me in with a documentary film about the first unsupported Trans America bicycle race. In that race was a woman rider who honestly stole the show. We loved her. She was snarky and fun as she goaded the Italian men who said she shouldn't be there because she didn't have the experience. Well, a few weeks after that I wa
Ron S
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newbie cyclist establishes Guinness record for circumnavigating the globe in an amazingly quick time. What elevates this book from similar (male) tales is the rider's thoughtfulness throughout. A cult survivor mourning the loss of a lover's accidental death prior to beginning her journey, Ms Buhring comes at her trip with an unusual perspective. Having written a previous book about her experiences growing up and fleeing from The Children of God, she's far more of a writer on a bike, than a cycli ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cycling fans as well as those who love an engrossing memoir about mental + physical endurance
Rated 4.5 - THIS ROAD I RIDE by Juliana Buhring is an inspirational cycling memoir especially enjoyed by those who appreciate mental and physical endurance. Juliana’s story is not just about the ride, but includes snippets of what she endured in captivity in a religious cult and other traumatic events in her life that she works through while cycling across the world.

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Janette Mcmahon
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a pre-pub from NetGalley. I always enjoy travel writing and especially those that are done via bicycles or walking. Buhring's book is short and sparse, making it even more readable and keeping the reader engaged with the struggle itself (biking and personal grief), not the places she rides through. I was interested in the people she met and we learned just enough to satisfy without going into so much detail we were "ready to move on" as the reader. Would recommend to those who enjoy t ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provides vignettes from every country and lots of detail as this woman rides a bicycle around the earth, becoming the first woman to do so and beating the men's record. She rode without major sponsorship, instead travelling on donations from friends and social media fanss. Her work to move beyond her childhood in an incredibly strict Christian cult, along with stories from other ex-members, is another worthwhile theme in the writing. It does not hold together like a good novel, but is still a go ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tells the story of the year Juliana went from from cycling noob to ultra-endurance cyclist who set the speed record for cycling around the world. Her book has great stories and characters, is exceptionally well written, weaves in flashbacks from our weird and shared cult upbringing, and is completely engrossing.

I met Juliana for the first time in 2011, and she told me about her ambition to cycle the world despite not having any history as an athlete. She said she didn't like talking about it bec
Tom Crehore
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this wonderful book. Growing up in a bizarre cult, forming a charity to help people who were part of cults adjust to reality, losing the man she loved to a terrible tragedy, and then deciding to ride her bike around the world makes for fascinating reading. She is a very good writer as well. The pages just fly by with dazzling, thought provoking passages. The only problem with the book is that it is too short.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and her journey. Sometimes you meet someone that ignites the passion in you, and makes you question your own story. Her life changed direction after connecting with one person. What a great read! It's amazing how capable we are at achieving the unimaginable when we put our minds to it!
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the Advance Reader Copy of "This Road I Ride. An inspiring, page turner of a read. My recommendation for any one dealing with the hard knocks of life. Juliana not only gets back up when times are tough....she rides her bike around the world! You go girl!
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes me want to finally ride that century.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!
Aditya Shah
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very insipirational
Rüzgara Karşı benim bu tarzda okuduğum ilk kitap, bu yüzden cümlelerimi nasıl toparlamam gerektiği konusunda pek emin değilim.
Rüzgara Karşı, bir başarının hikayesi olduğu için beni gerçekten etkiledi. Düşünsenize Dünyanın etrafını bir bisikletle dolanan ve bunu yapan ilk kadının hikayesini okuyorsunuz, kitabı okurken açıklayamayacağım duygular hissettim...
Juliana hiçbir şekilde pes etmiyor, sürekli ona yanlış yönden gittiğini, bir bisikletle kadın başına dünyayı dolaşamayacağını söylüyorlar ama
Büşra Topcu
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rüzgara Karşı #starkyorumluyor
Okuma hızıma inanamadığım kitap, Rüzgara Karşı. Çünkü yazar o kadar akıcı yazmış ki kelimeler kelimeleri takip ediyor, bir anda bitiveriyor kitap. O muhteşem betimlemeler sayesinde sanki bisikletle dünyayı turlayan benmişim gibi hissettim. Doğal afetlere, tekerinin patlamasına rağmen pes etmiyor bu sıra dışı kadın. Zaten hayatının zorluklarında da pes etmemiş bir yolunu bulmuş. Daha kapsamlı olarak anlattığı kitabından bolca söz ediyor yazar. Bir tarikat yüzünden ai
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Büyük bir zevkle bir solukta okudum.Motive edici , ilham kaynağı bir kitap.Yazarın düşünce yapısı da çok etkileyici.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps the best book that I have read this year, and perhaps the last several years. There were so many parts of this book that I could not keep from re-reading as their relation to my life sometimes struck quite a chord within me. I loved the way the author took the reader along for the journey and though you knew from the beginning she accomplishes her goal, the detail and inspiring tone she uses throughout the story makes it feel like you were along the road with her throughout her j ...more
Anthony Paolucci
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many people, I was first introduced to Juliana Buhring via the documentary 'Inspired to Ride.' Intrigued by her tough but likable persona, I wanted to know more. After doing some research, I did not come away disappointed. I learned that she had written two books, the first about how she had escaped a religious cult as a teen, and another about how she became the first woman to ride around the world on a bike, and, in the process, break the world record for doing so. Being a fellow cyclist, ...more
Hanna Blackschleger
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great read! The first thing I did was give it to someone else to read, it's one of those share-worthy books.
Juliana does a great job of taking you along on her journey to circumnavigate the world, while dealing with the loss of her lover and friend. You're thrown into her travels, and feel like you're right there enduring both the hardships and the joys with her. As a cyclist myself, I appreciated not having to wade through pages of details of her training and which bike she purchased or why. W
Jill Geyer
From reading this book, I've come to greatly admire Juliana Buhring not only for her incredible resilience and strength in her journey, but also jumping into a venture unprepared. I think a lot of people live in the age of preparation but they never leave it. It's common to hear people say that they want to do ....fill in the blank..... but have to x,y, and z first. It was really refreshing to hear someone doing something on act of faith instead of facts.

I did find a paragraph in her epilogue v
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, Juliana Buhring, brings us the true story of how she coped with the loss of her lover. Instead of her grief crippling her, she turned it outward and ended up becoming the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by riding a bike. The truly inspiring part about her story is her not having ANY training and had never done anything like this before. Juliana brings us along and introduces us to the people she met along the way, the hardships she incurred, and shows us how strong her spirit ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this exhilarating book as a Goodreads giveaway. The author's courage and tenacity shines brightly as she describes in entertaining detail how she overcame childhood abuse and grief from loss. Her endurance as the first woman to bike around the world is uplifting and inspiring.
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, although a little more background on why this man was so special to her...from the book it seemed like that hadn't even met in person! But an interesting account and I liked her cheerful writing.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, but engrossing read for travelers, riders, or wannabes. I'm no athlete, but neither was Juliana when she set out around the world on a bicycle. Inspiring!
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather simplistically written,but interesting account of the author's trip around the world on her bicycle, Pegasus.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book and an enjoyable read.

Thor and Sanz
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

the best you can have a book on its cover is a bike .
this book is very nice is a aventur full of exciting things
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a recreational cyclist, loved this book for the challenge and determination of Juliana. Also, she is so thoughtful in her musings about how she got to this point in life, and what is important.
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Juliana Buhring is a British-German ultra-endurance cyclist and writer. In 2012, she set the first Guinness World Record as the Fastest Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Bike, riding over 18,000 miles in 152 days. She lives in Naples, Italy.
“We can do things that are greater than ourselves. If you believe nothing exists beyond a certain boundary, then you will never test the veracity of that belief and you will never discover new possibilities....Maybe there are truly extraordinary people out there, but I'm not one of them. The most extraordinary acts are accomplished by ordinary people doing something a little extra and stepping ouiside their personal comfort zone....I often wonder how much human potential lies unrealized and untapped, how much we are limited by our own fears as well as by social, cultural, religious, and self-imposed limitations. If we can break through those, how far might we go as individuals, as a species?” 1 likes
“We like to think we have some semblance of control over our lives or that some greater power has control over them. That we can make sense of whatever happens to us. That there is some greater purpose to it all, a reason for all the suffering and pain, something to justify the imbalances we see every day in the world around us. We want to feel safe, secure against every eventuality, so we construct worlds of illusion into which we bury our heads like the proverbial ostrich.

But then something totally random, something for which we are totally unprepared, is thrown into the mix, and we suddenly realize that for all its laws, for all its order, the universe is full of chaos, and all our carefully laid plans are useless.”
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