“When you’re going uphill on a 10-speed..”

Music was so important to me on the road. Days when my battery was too low or there was too much rain for headphones were much slower than the rest. Music was a link to memories of friends and family; if the cadence was right it also kept the pedals turning at a good pace. I had about 5 days worth of music on my iPhone; I have condensed that to 20 tunes for your amusement (with a Spotify link if you have it). Some of them I couldn’t find on Spotify but here’s a cross-section, I hope you enjoy it. I could go on about each song in detail, but I might save that for the book.

GlobeCycle tunes: http://open.spotify.com/user/jbowthorpe/playlist/62lhWHx5BKltc0NgW4bQOO

Ugly Duckling – Introduckling
David Bowie – Looking for Water
Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
Alarm Will Sound – Fingerbib (Aphex Twin cover)
Common – The 6th Sense (feat. Bilal)
Eddie Okwedy – Happy Survival
Fatlip – What’s Up Fatlip?
Life In A Blender – Chicken Dance
Gorillaz – All Alone
Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song
The Magic Numbers – Forever Lost
MF Doom – Arrow Root
Monkey – Monkey Bee
Pixies – Dig for Fire
Pulp – Ansaphone
Q-Tip – Let’s Ride
Stereolab – Fluorescences
Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money
Teenage Fanclub – Dumb Dumb Dumb

By James Bowthorpe

My name is James Bowthorpe. On the 29th March 2009 I set out from London to break the round the world cycling record. I am doing this to raise 1.8 million pounds for much needed research into the cause of Parkinson’s Disease. I have been preparing for this challenge for the last 6 months and now I’m on my way! You can follow my progress and see photos, on my blog.

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