Stephen is an avid story-teller and an experienced speaker. He’s given multimedia presentations at hundreds of schools, universities, corporate events, cycling clubs and societies in over twenty countries. He packs in tales of adventure from wild places, issues in global healthcare and personal lessons from the road, as well as plentiful anecdotes about the absurd world we live in. For bookings please email cyclingthe6 (at) gmail.com

Some past events

  • The Royal Geographical Society of Hong Kong
  • The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland
  • The Explorers Club, Los Angeles
  • The Rotary Club of Vancouver
  • Data Dimensions, Singapore
  • The Alaska World Affairs Council, Anchorage
  • The British Chamber of Commerce, Jakarta
  • Zurich Insurance, Jakarta
  • Cape Storm, Cape Town
  • REI, Los Angeles
  • CycleMAYnia, Santa Barbara
  • Velocult, Portland
  • Alaska Pacific University
  • World Expeditions, Sydney
  • Oxford University Exploration Club
  • The Cycle Touring Festival, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  • More than one hundred schools in twenty countries

Upcoming

  • June 2nd: St Claire’s College, Oxford
  • June 16th: Explorers Connect, London
  • June 17th: Bloxham School, Oxfordshire
  • June 28th: Eastbourne College, Sussex
  • June 29th Cokethorpe School, Oxfordshire
  • July 1st: Bike Night, Kendall Mountain Festival, Bristol
  • September 15th: The Kindness of Strangers, London
  • October 7th: Radley College, Oxfordshire
  • October 20th: Tales of Adventure, London
  • November 2nd: Expedition and Wildnerness Medicine Course, Dorset
  • November 18th – 20th: Explore, Royal Geographical Society
  • Date tbc – Dragon School, Oxfordshire

The Presentation

All done speakingwith award winning images and video, Stephen talks of what inspired him to leave behind a good job and comfy life in London to live on less than 10 quid a day, and shares stories about close shaves with wildlife in Africa, biking over the Andes ten times, unexpected hospitality and generosity in Syria and Afghanistan, visiting medical clinics in remote tribal badlands in Africa, riding across the earth’s largest salt flats, camping on frozen lakes at minus 35 degrees in a Mongolian winter and making friends with a man who put a gun to his head in Peru!

More comfortable with the label ‘inspirational’ rather than ‘motivational’ speaker, Stephen is not a big fan of universal advice and acknowledges that ambitions vary, and that we all work differently to achieve goals. But he’s always keen to share some of his own personal lessons from the road, from over-coming self-doubt to making sacrifices.

Stephen can tailor his presentation to the audience in consultation with the organisers. He can do light-hearted tales of adventure with plenty of anecdotes, or focus on the knot of health and marginalisation, impart lessons he took from the road or a combination.

 

Testimonials

What teachers have said…

“It’s a cliché to say a book or talk is life-changing, but I honestly believe that Stephen Fabes’s inspirational presentations will have changed many of our pupils’ lives – and probably some of the teachers’ lives as well! His message chimed perfectly with our school’s ethos of showing courage, resilience and resourcefulness in the face of challenges. His unforgettable photographs from across the world helped to reinforce Stephen’s lesson that the world is a bigger, and friendlier, place than we think.” – Thomas Wilde, Deputy Headmaster, Haileybury School, Almaty, Kazakhstan

‘Dr Stephen Fabes captivated our students and faculty for 45 minutes in one of the best high school assemblies we have had over our 13 years.  I believe one of the long term results will be its challenge to be bold with your dreams!’ – Jeff Woodcock, Principal of Oaks Christian High School, California

‘Students and staff alike were delighted with Steven Fabes’s presentation – the magnificent photographs, extraordinary story, entertaining anecdotes and wonderful life messages to our students made for an enthralling assembly.’ – Elizabeth Lenders – Principal, Kingswood College, Melbourne, Australia

‘Steve’s presentation involving photos and video was absolutely riveting, one could have heard a pin drop. He is a personable and engaging presenter, equally adept speaking with young people and adults and to any group size’ – Mr Tim Bowen – Principal of Inaburra School, Sydney

‘Nothing could have been more aligned with my course objectives (as well as a host of California State Standards for the Social Sciences) than Steve’s presentation.  He is a natural teacher. I strongly recommend that you talk with Steve and you’ll quickly see why the kids get so much out of his presentation.’ – Ed Cotter – World Studies teacher, Menlo Atherton School, California

‘I would thoroughly and unreservedly recommend Steve as a speaker for any audience.  His story in was remarkable’ – Andrew Uglow, teacher at Cokethorpe School, UK

‘Dr. Stephen Fabes’ presentation kept our students engaged and enthralled. Wonderful and inspiring.’ – Kathy Stock, Principal of Redeemer Lutheran College, Brisbane

‘Stephen shared his amazing adventure with tremendous passion and enthusiasm. The students were totally captivated by his epic adventure across 6 continents over 6 years! A truly unique adventure delivered by a very impressive explorer.’ – Paul Gooding, Head of Middle School, Abingdon School, Oxfordshire

 

Testimonials from business leaders and event organisers…

‘I have had the great pleasure in meeting Stephen twice; the first time during his epic odyssey when he travelled through Indonesia and more recently when he returned to Jakarta to conduct some research. On both occasions Stephen made presentations to business forums, multi-national corporations and schools. Stephen’s talks and presentations are extremely engaging, insightful and entertaining; on top of the extraordinary sights, sounds and tastes, six years on the road has given Stephen plenty of time for thoughtful reflection, musings and of course anecdotes!’  – Simon McCrum, President Director, Willis Towers Watson, Jakarta

“In this lecture, Stephen Fabes told the story of his audacious expedition to cycle around the six inhabited continents of the world over six years, one of the longest rides in history.  In a finely illustrated lecture, Stephen told with humour of the extraordinary effort required, from mountains to jungles, and from terrorists to teens with snowballs, together with the experiences he encountered along the way. The lecture was much appreciated by all attendees, presenting a unique combination of real adventure and an exciting trip, which made it a special event for the Members.  The number plus the quality of the questions, showed the level of interest.”  – Rupert McCowan, Director Royal Geographical Society of Hong Kong.

‘Animated with stunning and touching photos Stephen Fabes  tells an inspiring tale of what a normal guy can accomplish with a strong dose of will while also giving a positive message of the diversity and goodness of humanity.  Highly recommended for its message of motivation but also diversity, cultural openness and inclusion.’  – Philippe Danielski, President Director Zurich Insurance Indonesia

‘Stephen is clearly a very experienced speaker – rousing laughs from the audience from the very outset. Alongside his incredible images of his journey, he took us around six continents in sixty minutes, from navigating the towering cliffs of Bolivia’s Death Road, to camping on the popping ice of Mongolia’s Lake Khovsgol, to crossing bridges crafted over 500 years from the roots of rubber trees, to being held at gunpoint in his tent in Peru. He spoke of the adversities and struggles he faced during the trip, and how he overcame them to complete his incredible six year adventure. I don’t think there have ever been so many questions after a talk, or so many people grinning, awestruck, not just saying that they were inspired to plan an adventure and travel, but actively beginning to work out how they might do so! If hearing about Stephen’s journey doesn’t change your perspective on the world, or make you want to go out and experience it for yourself, then nothing will.’ – Helen Tatlow, President of Oxford University Exploration Society