Mud, Sweat and Gears : Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (via the Pub), Paperback

Mud, Sweat and Gears : Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (via the Pub) Paperback

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As Ellie's fiftieth birthday approaches and her ambitions of a steady income, a successful career and an ascent of Everest seem as far away as ever, she begins to doubt she's capable of achieving anything at all.

So when her best friend Mick suggests a gruelling cycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats, she takes up the challenge.

They opt for the scenic route which takes them along cycle paths, towpaths and the back roads and byways of Britain, unable to resist sampling local beers in the pubs they pass along the way.

But as the pints start to stack up faster than the miles they're putting under their tyres, Ellie wonders if they'll ever make it to the finishing line...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, map
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cycling
  • ISBN: 9781849532204



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I really admire ordinary people who go off and do something a little less ordinary and this book describes exactly that! The author takes on the bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groats but rather than tackling the ride as quickly as possible, she seeks out B roads and cycle paths. Ellie and her friend Mick stop at B&Bs, hostels and campsites along the way, with one quick trip home in Bristol, which they describe as a mistake because it is difficult to get going again. The commentary throughout the book describes the route, the people met along the way, the friendliness and generosity of people, the history of some of the stop off points and even the unfriendliness of some of the hosts - which makes you wonder why these people were in the hospitality business in the first place! I found the book interesting to read and well balanced, with a good measure of humour throughout. An easy read overall but not one that made me want to get on my bike and do the same thing!

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