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Santa Cruz Sentinel Article on Jamie Bianchini

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Karen Kefauver, Spin City: ‘Bicycle Built for Two Billion’ details Santa Cruz man’s 8-year odyssey on a tandem bike.

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Jamie Bianchini never imagined that his business going bankrupt and his girlfriend leaving him would lead to his bicycling around the world — to 81 countries in eight years.

“I was 23 years old and planned to go conquer the business world,” he recalled. “I had graduated from a prestigious entrepreneurship program at USC and won an award for best business plan. I was full of ego.”

But, along the way, he got mired in greed and his lust for money was ruinous.

“My business collapsed, my relationship failed and my friends abandoned me,” Bianchini said. “That five-year chapter of my life ended in the fall of 1999. I had hit rock bottom. … I called my best college buddy and told him I had a dream to bicycle around the world.”

After saving money for a few years, Bianchini and his friend Garryck Hampton set off from Tokyo in April 2002 on their global adventure, dubbed, “Peace Pedalers.” (www.peacepedalers.com). The plan was for each of them to ride tandem mountain bikes and invite local “guest riders” to pedal on the back of their bikes. Some of their hundreds of guest riders lasted a few minutes, others a few weeks….

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Book Reviews

“Bianchini’s A Bicycle Built for Two Billion is not about the bike. It’s a life odyssey of epic proportions. Few of us live from the heart. Jamie reminds us how.”   –– Les Stroud (Survivorman) Related

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An exhilarating debut memoir that chronicles a fallen entrepreneur’s eight-year world tour on a tandem bike. Bianchini’s extraordinary chronicle begins with his often tumultuous childhood and showcases his enduring love of bicycle-riding. He sometimes felt overshadowed by his large extended Northern California family, which fractured when his parents divorced, but his outings on his bike

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5/5

Once I started reading I just couldn’t put it down. The story ended up being so much more than I had expected…more engaging, more unpredictable, more emotional. Jamie shares his own life journey even as he shares a perspective of the world few of us get to see in any country let alone many across

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5/5

As the World Turns “A great ride and finding time to stop and smell the flowers along the way… cultural exposures, meeting people…ups and down of daily life… Ran into these adventurers in Paraguay on the “long bike . Nice to read about their entire exploits… easy reading…” Related

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Total Adventure “Even though I already had a connection to this book because I had met Jaimie and Garryck in Japan, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the writing and story layout was. I read 100 pages the first day, simply because I couldn’t put it down! Both then and now, Jaimie has reminded

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5/5

Inspirational Indeed! “Live Big. Give Big.” Stuck in a rut? Read this book! Enough said! Related

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5/5

Very pleasantly surprised with this book! Bianchini takes a big bite outta life in this adventure (and sometimes pays the price). His honesty is well, honest and his heart seems to be fixed in just the right place. This is definitely ‘feel good’ terrain but with a goal in mind. I highly recommend “A Bicycle

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