The World By Bicycle, by Alex Hotchin

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Alex Hotchin’s latest hand drawn map features an incredible assemblage of backcountry bikepacking routes, races, classic rides, and places to dream about…

Note: A couple of months ago we goofed up and published this post too soon and had to pull it shortly thereafter. So, in case you missed it, here’s another chance to check out Alex Hotchin’s latest hand drawn map. You might recognize the work of Alex Hotchin from a Rider’s Lens we put together a year ago for Borderless, a book of maps inspired by a 17,000km overland bicycle journey from Europe to SE Asia. Or maybe you saw her mentioned in our 2016 awards. Either way it’s apparent that we find her map illustrations nothing short of amazing. It seems that is exactly what the folks at Apidura thought when they commissioned her to create this piece. Alex recently finished the aptly titled The World by Bicycle, a 90 cm wide x 65 cm high (about 3 x 2 feet) drawing that will hang in Apidura’s London office.

  • World by Bike, Alex Hotchin
  • World by Bike, Alex Hotchin

World by Bike, Alex Hotchin

  • World by Bike, Alex Hotchin
  • World by Bike, Alex Hotchin
  • World by Bike, Alex Hotchin

The World By Bicycle depicts an atlas of various places one can ride a bike. From epic race routes, legendary and exploratory ways, some classics, a few ‘must-ride’ routes, and even several new frontiers, the map is layered with things to dream about. As Alex puts it, “… of course there would need to be a few of these maps to show all of the places you can take your bike – it’s really an endless list which makes it the ultimate way to see the world!”

  • The World by Bicycle, Alex Hotchin Map Drawings
  • The World by Bicycle, Alex Hotchin Map Drawings
  • The World by Bicycle, Alex Hotchin Map Drawings
  • The World by Bicycle, Alex Hotchin Map Drawings

We were ecstatic to see our Trans Uganda and the Trans Ecuador routes both on the map! In addition, there are a few quotes peppered throughout — most of which come from Apidura’s ambassadors. How about this one, “PLOT OUT AN ADVENTURE. EVEN BETTER IF IT’S ONE THAT SCARES YOU A LITTLE.”

The World by Bicycle, Alex Hotchin Map Drawings

Also, see more of Alex’s work at our Rider’s Lens, or her site alexhotchin.com. You can also buy the book Borderless at alexhotchin.com/store/borderless-book and follow her on Instagram @alex_hotchin

9 Comments
  • Accidental FIRE

    I’m a cartographer by trade and I have to say that I’m impressed with that map – beautiful!

  • Barry Kyler

    I would LOVE a print of this for my home.

  • Me too!

  • Lance Pilbrow

    Just need to add the Tour Aotearoa route in NZ to make it complete…. oh and yeah can someone at Apidura somehow make prints of this available to purchase???

  • Josh

    Even though I have only gone bike packing once I would absolutely love one of these!

  • DamagedSurfer

    Wow, I would definitely buy a print of this map. I hope this becomes available at some point!

  • 84Westi

    Very nice. What I’d love is a print big enough to use as the headliner in my VW camper van. That way I can be inspired and reminded whenever I’m on a road trip to maybe park it and hop on the bike for a few days. (Plus, it’s looking pretty tired and this map would be awesome there!)

  • OE

    Yes, we need prints!

  • Josh

    Any news on whether this may become commercially available?