Photo of Elspeth Beard in London after completing her solo ride around the world. (1984)

Elspeth Beard is an English architect and motorcyclist. In 1982, an age before the internet, smartphones, and when women rarely travelled alone to adventurous countries – Elspeth set off to ride her motorcycle around the world. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes, countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She's the first English woman to ride a motorcycle around the world and achieved something then that is still remarkable today.

"If my story can now inspire other people, especially women to believe there are no limits to what can be achieved with self-belief and determination," Elspeth says, "then this would bring a whole new meaning to my trip."