“WE PACKED IT ALL IN FOR A HEALTH­IER FAM­ILY LIFE”

King of the gad­gets and lover of tri, Ja­son Bradbury has turned global no­mad on a quest to stay fit and healthy. Here he tells us why

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It was time to leave the Gad­get

Show, I’d been on it for 12 years. It was re­ally good to me and taught me a lot, but the au­di­ence was shift­ing to YouTube and I wanted a lit­tle piece of that my­self. It also came at a time when we were think­ing of mov­ing out of Lon­don but weren’t sure where we wanted to go, so my wife sug­gested get­ting a camper van and go­ing around the world. I just laughed. But we sold our house and bought this sixberth camper van with a big bike rack on the back. The kids are be­ing home schooled for a year – bonkers!

My 12-year-old daugh­ter Marnie’s

only rel­a­tively re­cently re­cov­ered from [ju­ve­nile id­io­pathic] arthri­tis, and mak­ing her as strong as pos­si­ble, putting her on a wholesome diet, has changed our en­tire fam­ily’s ethos. If you’ve got the choice, you want to ex­plore more health­ier climes, and that’s what this [world tour] is all about.

My jour­ney in­tro tri started by

do­ing a swim with Cancer Re­search UK, they wanted a team of celebri­ties to swim across the Ir­ish Sea. I’d never swum more than 100m, I couldn’t do front crawl. I worked with Swim4Tri for about five months and fell in love with open wa­ter. Through train­ing, I was around triath­letes and I started to see their awesome bikes!

I then got my big brother Si­mon,

who wasn’t look­ing too healthy at the time, to do one with me. So I chal­lenged him, and said I’d swim for his char­ity if he’d do the Olympic-dis­tance at the Lon­don Triathlon. We started with a sprint dis­tance at Blen­heim and then we did the big one… and then just fell in love with the sport.

I love the swim, I love the feel­ing

of swim­ming and try­ing to per­fect my stroke, get my el­bows high, I also just love the cold­ness of the open wa­ter. I used to do a lot of street danc­ing and I’d liken swim­ming to body pop­ping, it’s this repet­i­tive move­ment that you’ve got to make per­fect to get the right ef­fect.

We’re go­ing to the is­land of Ne­vis

in the Caribbean dur­ing our tour, where Marnie will be do­ing her first-ever triathlon there in Novem­ber. Run­ning 2k is quite a big deal for Marnie, so I’m re­ally proud that she’s even at­tempt­ing to do it. My 10-year-old son Jackson will bite it off and spit it out!

Bike choice was key be­fore we set

off. I’ve got a hand-built ti­ta­nium Lav­er­ack cy­clocross bike. It’s the an­swer to an exam ques­tion – what’s the per­fect bike to have on the back of a mo­tor home for a year? That can han­dle the cob­bles in Am­s­ter­dam but is also light enough to get me up Europe’s fa­mous climbs? It isn’t overly blingy ei­ther, but I’ve still spent over €250 on high-ten­sile steel locks.

“A 2k run’s a big deal for Marnie, so I’m re­ally proud of her”

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