The Life Cycle: 8000 Miles in the Andes by Bamboo Bike
One woman’s journey through South America – and the devastating story of our planet’s disappearing biodiversity
Pedalling hard for thirteen months, eco adventurer Kate Rawles cycled the length of the Andes on an eccentric bicycle she built herself. The Life Cycle charts her mission to find out why biodiversity is so important, what’s happening to it, and what can be done to protect it.
From the Pacific Ocean to rainforests and salt flats, Kate learns that armadillos can cross rivers by holding their breath, that Colombia has more species of birds than North America and Europe combined, and that in threatening species and ecosystems, we’re tearing down our own life support system. En route, she witnesses the devastation of gold mining and oil drilling, but finds hope in the incredible people working to regenerate habitats and communities. As she reaches the ‘end of the world’, she realises that to tackle biodiversity loss, we all have a role to play.
Kate’s previous ‘adventure plus’ journey, The Carbon Cycle, a ride from Texas to Alaska exploring climate change lead to a slide show and a book that was shortlisted for the Banff (Canada) Mountain Festival Adventure Travel Book Award 2012. Kate gave a talk about her first book at the first Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in 2013, and a second talk about her South American adventures in 2018, now her new booking is being published, she is back again 😉
The Life Cycle: 8000 Miles in the Andes by Bamboo Bike will be published by Icon Books on the 1st June 2023.
Tickets: Adult £12, Concession £10. If you would like to order a copy of Kate’s book, please indicate below so that we know how many books to bring (payment for books will be collected after the talk at the book signing).
Tickets will also be available on the door.