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An adventure story of a solo bike traveller cycling from Amsterdam to Singapore, captured in a photo book.
An adventure story of a solo bike traveller cycling from Amsterdam to Singapore, captured in a photo book.
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What does life bring when you leave home on a bicycle with no other plan than to ride east? On the 16th of April 2015, Martijn Doolaard embarks on the journey of a lifetime: cycling from Amsterdam to Singapore. He travels over back roads via Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, India and South East Asia. A thrilling adventure covering more than 17.000 km through deserts, highlands, global cities and the most remote areas imaginable. He brought his camera and documented the trip in detail on social media and his website, telling stories about sleeping in the wild and meeting people from all cultures. This book portrays the beauty and wonder of intercontinental bicycle travelling, but also the hardship, endurance and loneliness that comes with it.

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Dear People,

It's been 4 months since I arrived back in Amsterdam after one year of cycling. As I look back, it has probably been the most incredible year of my life so far. Sometimes it was far from easy but seen as a whole it has been so fulfilling that it made me a stronger and richer human being. During my trip I've been writing stories and sharing images on social media on which I have gotten a lot of responses. I'm thankful to have had so many people following my journey so closely. I really needed the support to push me through hard times. Sharing all those wonderful experiences with people all over the world really added another dimension to the trip.

Now, after a lot of work, the book is finished. I've put it together myself, with some help of close friends and designers/editors I work with in Amsterdam. So far I've self-funded the entire trip and have never received any sponsoring. I chose to do this because I wanted to travel independently, with no strings attached. The book is ready to go into production but from this point on I can't do it without your help. Therefore I'm asking you to support this Kickstarter campaign and share this with your friends. If you scroll down this page you will find out more about the book and the rewards that come with this campaign. I really hope we can make this happen.

Thanks a million.

Martijn Doolaard

Complete route cycled from Amsterdam to Singapore
Complete route cycled from Amsterdam to Singapore

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK "ONE YEAR ON A BIKE"

Hard cover, 376 pages, 24 x 32 cm (9,4 x 12,6 inch), Full colour, printed on LuxoArt 150g/m3 paper. Cover printed on Wibalin Natural White. 

 

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REWARDS

The book comes with several 'Limited Edition' packages. Photo prints are numbered and printed on 300 grams Fabriano Accademia paper. The small prints are 20x30cm (7,9x11,8 inch) and the large prints 50x70cm (19,7x27,6 inch). 

 

New reward! Order 3 books with 15% discount!
New reward! Order 3 books with 15% discount!

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ABOUT "90 Degrees":

The idea for this booklet was conceived when I was standing on top of Mount Batur, Bali, overlooking the ocean towards Lombok. I was watching the sun rise; a spectacular sight… I made a picture and posted it on social media where it got a lot of likes. But somehow it didn’t feel right. The scene wasn’t as real and as beautiful as the picture suggested, because when I turned 90 degrees to my right, there was a large crowd of scruffy backpackers sitting next to me, making selfies and sharing memories of how drunk they were yesterday night. Every day hundreds of people are sitting on top of Mount Batur to witness this ‘serene’ moment in nature. This, ironically, tends to take a lot of that serenity away from it.

Situations like these are often the case at touristic sites, where you have to stand in line to capture that wonderfully scenic moment that is going to end up on countless smartphones and Instagram accounts.

Luckily I have also experienced the opposite during this journey. I have had moments where nature felt so overpowering and sublime that it was almost impossible to capture it in one photograph.

“90 Degrees” is a little booklet that comes with of the book in reward 6-9. On every right page it shows the original photo of a certain landmark. On every left page is the ‘90 degree’ view, which sometimes totally and hilariously ruins the original picture and at other times makes it even better.

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ABOUT "THE POLAROID COLLECTION"

A series of 40 moments from the road. On the front there's a picture and on the back a description of the moment including the date and location. Some moments are described further in the book but it also includes moment I have never shared before. 

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All prints are on 300g Fabriano Accademia paper
All prints are on 300g Fabriano Accademia paper

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The book is finished and ready to be printed. Test prints have been made succesfully and everything is ready to go into production as soon as the Kickstarter campaign has finished.

TIMELINE PRODUCTION:
> 23 August - 15 September: Kickstarter campaign
> 15 September: Start production
> 5 October: Start shipping

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    #7: BOOK + PRINTS + 90º + POLAROIDS

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    • Signed Book "One year on a bike"
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    • Large print "Cappadocia"
    • Large print "Tree house"
    • Photo print "Red Desert"
    • Photo print "Bagan"
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    #9: BOOK PRESENTATION

    • A full presentation of the journey through photo's and video by Martijn Doolaard himself.*
    • Signed Book "One year on a bike"
    • 100x70cm forex board "Cappadocia" (or another photo chosen from www.espiritu-libre.com)
    • Large print "Cappadocia"
    • Large print "Tree house"
    • Photo print "Red Desert"
    • Photo print "Bagan"
    • Photo print "Salt Lake"
    • 90º Booklet
    • The Polaroid Collection

    *Additional travel costs will apply outside of the Netherlands.

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