Luke Grenfell-Shaw – Keynote Speaker

Round the World Tandem Cyclist and Stage 4 Cancer Survivor

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Specialist Subjects

  • Cycling for Survival
  • Achieving Your Dream
  • Productivity starts from the small
  • Grief is Personal
  • Creating Opportunity in the Challenge
  • Staying Positive
  • Determination and Discipline


  • English


Aged 24 Luke was diagnosed with incurable cancer. He did not think he would see Christmas. Instead of giving up hope, he followed his Dad’s advice and decided to do all he could to boost his chances of survival and continue to live his life fully.

After chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, Luke defied his doctors expectations, completing – and winning – a half Ironman triathlon.

On 1st January 2020, Luke began his dream of cycling from Bristol to Beijing on a tandem bike, to show the world what is possible with cancer. Despite facing a multitude of challenges, including the Covid pandemic, he cycled across 30 countries, covering 20,000 miles and raised £130,000 for cancer charities.

He shared the journey with 300 people, including 28 CanLivers (Luke’s term: you can live with cancer). He was joined by a Ukrainian bishop and Indian schoolboy hacker, faced scorching deserts and treacherous mountains.

Luke’s story has a further layer of depth and power. During chemotherapy, he lost his brother, John, in tragic circumstances. Luke was once again reminded that no one can take life for granted.

Luke’s expedition was covered by the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Discovery Network, The New Statesman, Sunday Times and national media across the world.

Luke is currently writing a book and producing a documentary of his expedition, with expected release in early 2024. He is also an elite trail runner competing globally.

Popular Talks by Luke Grenfell-Shaw

Cycling for Survival

Luke talks about his incredible journey across 30 countries from Bristol to Beijing. Find out how Luke crossed borders, survived the desert and his brakes failing on a mountain descent. Meet some of the fascinating individuals who joined Luke, from a Ukrainian bishop to an Indian schoolboy hacker. Learn how Luke turned challenges into opportunities at every turn and hear what he saw of the world travelling during a global pandemic.

Achieving Your Dream

How do you turn a dream into reality?
Luke did just that. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he realised he had a dream – to cycle round the world. Most dreams die, but Luke made it happen, and watched it grow into something much larger. Luke talks about finding your dream, unlocking your internal energy, and turning your dream into reality.

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