The Life Cycle Biodiversity Bike Ride – Kate Rawles (Outside In)

Outside In brings Kate Rawles to Manchester to talk about her cycle along the length of South America following the spine of the Andes – the longest mountain chain in the world – on Woody, a bike she built herself with bamboo from the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The aim of her largely solo ride was to explore and champion biodiversity – what it is, why it matters and above all, what can be done to protect it. Her route took her through an astonishing range of landscapes and ecosystems, from the Caribbean coast to the classic high, spikey white mountains of the Peruvian Andes; from rain and cloud forests to the Atacama desert and the Bolivian salt flats. Throughout the journey she met with those at the frontlines of nature conservation, including a school whose entire curriculum was based on turtles; a project to save the smallest monkeys in the world; local forest champions; anti-gold, copper and lead-mining activists; an ancient, sustainable fishing fleet and a member of the Peruvian senate. Kate returned inspired, shaken and hopeful, convinced that biodiversity loss is as important as climate change and that deep systemic change is needed to tackle these interconnected challenges to people and the planet.

Kate is passionate about using adventurous journeys to raise awareness and inspire action on our most urgent environmental challenges. A former university lecturer in environmental philosophy, then outdoor studies, she now works freelance as an author/activist. Her book ‘The Life Cycle’ was published by Icon Books in May ’23. Previous escapades have included Gyre to Gaia with Pangaea Exploration, a sailing voyage into the North Atlantic gyre studying ocean plastic pollution; and The Carbon Cycle, a bike ride from Texas to Alaska that focussed on climate change. The Carbon Cycle book was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel book award, 2012.

Kate is a popular public speaker, and runs occasional Outdoor Philosophy courses, using the power of wild places to explore our relationship with nature and inspire more sustainable ways of living and working. Kate is a fellow of the RGS-IBG and a member of the Adventure Syndicate.

You can find out more information about Kate on her website or on instagram @carboncyclekate

Register your place (£) via Eventbrite.

Venue Information: We will be hosting the event at Cultplex, Manchester’s independent cinema, run by the talented team at GRUB. The bar will be open from 17:00 on the day, offering a range of local and independent drinks. The venue also hosts a rotating array of street food traders in their hidden gem of a beer garden, so come down early for some food. Theatre doors open at 19:00.

The venue is wheelchair accessible via an external ramp to a rear entrance, GRUB have kindly requested those with accessibility requirements get in touch prior to the event so they can provide extra staffing to assist. Further information can be found on Grub’s website

About Outside In: Outside In brings adventure and outdoors themed films and speakers to Manchester during the darker months of the year. Join us monthly at Manchester’s independent cinema Cultplex hidden inside the wonderful GRUB. For more information about our upcoming talks and films follow us on instagram @outsideinmcr or head to


PLEASE NOTE: This event is listed in our cycling events calendar for Greater Manchester. It is not organised by Manchester Friends of the Earth nor the Love Your Bike campaign and does not necessarily reflect their policies. We recommend checking with the organisers in case of a change of time or location.

Event Details

Social Event

Location Cultplex
Manchester, M4 4HF
Start Thursday 14 Mar 2024 7:30pm
Finish Thursday 14 Mar 2024 9:30pm
Organised by Outside In