Where the wind takes him

Posted: April 2, 2014 by kirisyko in Air, Paragliding

Ride On

By bicycle, sailboat and paraglider around the world: Simon Vincett talks with a French man who has made his boyhood dream a reality.

Kite biking with the paraglider; Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Kite biking with the paraglider; Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo by Nadege Perrot.

At 15, Olivier Peyre, read a book of two men who travelled around the world by bicycle. The idea captivated him, and just knowing it was possible convinced him that he would have to do it.

Peyre, of Grenoble, France, completed school, followed by an engineering degree, and the dream never diminished. It became a project, with myriad challenges to overcome, even down to the very nature of the travelling. “With years, ideas came,” Peyre explains. “The idea of turning around the world by bicycle and taking planes across oceans didn’t appeal to me so much because it was not very aesthetic. If I cross continents on the bicycle, there must be another way…

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