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Overlander : One man's epic race to cross Australia - Rupert Guinness


One man's epic race to cross Australia

Paperback Published: 1st August 2018
ISBN: 9781925640090
Number Of Pages: 384

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A powerful memoir about an epic bike race across one of the most challenging landscapes in the world

Rupert Guinness set out on the trip of a lifetime: to race across Australia in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race.

This was no ordinary bike race. Unlike the Tour de France, which Guinness had made his name reporting on for decades, competitors rode completely unassisted from Fremantle in Western Australia to the Opera House in Sydney on the other side of the country - a gruelling distance of over 5000 kilometres that would not only test riders' physical endurance but their psychological resilience. Dubbed 'The Hunger Games on Wheels', there would be no help, just riders and their bikes crossing one of the most beautiful - and often most inhospitable - places on earth.

Rupert's mission was to test his own grit, physical and emotional, as he followed the trail of the pioneering men and women whose historic rides over the last two centuries unveiled a largely unknown interior.

But when a terrible tragedy stopped everyone in their tracks, what he discovered was the extraordinary power of the human spirit.

Rupert and his fellow competitors were forced to make some of the toughest decisions they had ever faced.

An inspiring read


As outlined on the back cover, this book is about the physical and mental demands placed upon a person competing in ultra-endurance events. The story is well told, and is very easy to read. Rupert's honesty in how he felt during and post race make a good story, into a great read.



A truly great read.


"Overlander" is about the inaugural 2017 Indian Pacific Wheel Race across Australia, and in particular the ride of its author Rupert Guinness. From the first chapter I was hooked. Rupert's writing style is easy to read, enjoyable and compelling. His descriptive writing is brilliant as he takes the reader on this incredible journey, experiencing all the highs and lows along the way. The historical information of the earlier overland riders was an added bonus and left me wondering why I had not heard of these adventurers before. The only disappointment for me was reaching the final page and knowing I had finished the book. It was fantastic and I am so very pleased I read it.

Country Victoria



4.5 2


ISBN: 9781925640090
ISBN-10: 1925640094
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st August 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.46