Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie

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The academic year must have been a difficult one as when the summer holidays arrived, secondary school teacher Andrew Sykes was happy to do as little as possible. But while sitting on his sofa watching the exploits of the cyclists at the Great Wall of China at the Beijing Olympics, he realised the error of his ways and resolved to put a bit more adventure into his life.

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“A wonderful, witty account of a cycle tour across Europe.” (CTC)
“I cannot recommend a better book to read for inspiration.” (Chris Peck, Cycle magazine)
“Best cycling book I’ve read to date.”
“One can positively taste, smell, hear and touch his journey.”
“Ranked along with Murphy, Dew, Beaumont & Enfield on my bookshelf.”
“This is a great book… one of those that makes you tired because you end up reading late into the night.”
“A truly inspirational read… a highly recommended journey.”
“I thought this book was brilliant; it almost made me wish I had learnt to ride.”
“If this book doesn’t inspire the reader to jump on their bike and go… nothing will.”
“Not only is the book an excellent, entertaining read, it should also provide inspiration to all of us to get up from our desks and head out into the great wide world. Read it then do it!”
“If you like European travel and riding a bike then this book is a superb read. Extremely well-written and with some great observations on people and their cultures. Witty with a true sense of being there.”
“Made me want to go out there and just explore on a bicycle; awesome stuff.”
“Recommend it to everyone.”

The academic year must have been a difficult one as when the summer holidays arrived, secondary school teacher Andrew Sykes was happy to do as little as possible. But while sitting on his sofa watching the exploits of the cyclists at the Great Wall of China at the Beijing Olympics, he realised the error of his ways and resolved to put a bit more adventure into his life. Two years later, accompanied by his faithful companion Reggie (his bike) but only a rudimentary plan, Andrew set off for a trans-continental cycling adventure that would take him along the route of the Via Francigena and the Eurovelo 5 all the way from his home in southern England to Brindisi in the south of Italy. There were highs and lows, rain and shine, joy and despair and they are all recounted here in a light-hearted, brisk style.

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