Irish World Cycle Champion Breifne Earley, has written a book - Pedal the Planet - about his 16 month, 30,000km cycle around the world and the national launch took place in Dublin last week.
The Leitrim Village native cycled through 27 countries on 5 continents, enduring 3 robberies, 3 crashes and 44 flat tyres. The book also highlights the topical theme of men’s mental health, and proceeds from the book are shared between Pieta House and Aware NI.
In 2011, Breifne Earley was suicidal - severely overweight, single and depressed, Breifne faced the biggest challenge of his young life. Yet just four years later, Breifne showed tremendous courage in overcoming adversity to become World Cycle Champion.
Breifne showed how an average guy from Leitrim could scale to extraordinary heights. Despite emotional and physical difficulty, Breifne demonstrates in the book that limitations are only perceived.
Breifne is currently cycling through the 32 counties of Ireland to launch the publication, making it through a county a day.
Speaking about the book, Breifne says: “My story is about one man’s journey from the depths of despair to winning the World Cycle Race. I was never an athlete yet my journey proved that I could achieve anything in my life. Average people really can do extraordinary things.”
CEO of Pieta House, Brian Higgins, said “Breifne’s journey is representative of the journey any client who presents to Pieta House faces and the ups and downs that present themselves en route to finding the light in life.”
“I’d encourage as many people as possible to purchase the book and to take solace and hope from it if you’re struggling in the shadows and understand that life’s journey doesn’t have to be tackled on your own.”