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6 Reads to Inspire Your Next Cycling Adventure

Imaginations and dreams are formed by reading books. Through storytelling we can transport ourselves to other times, other places in the world and into somebody else’s daily experiences. We gain short insights into determination, power, goals and freedom. The following books all are inspirational and are all written by women who truly did it. They went out there and did not let the fear of the unknown and insecurity stop them. Instead they empowered themselves and through that they empower us all… Happy reading, I think it would suit all these books to be read in your tent at night while you are warm in your sleeping bag and can read just by the light of your headlamp…




Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled | Rebecca Rush

Rebecca Rusch is one of the great endurance athletes of our time. Known today as the Queen of Pain for her perseverance as a relentlessly fast runner, paddler, and mountain bike racer, Rusch was a normal kid from Chicago who abandoned a predictable life for one of adventure. In her new book Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled, Rusch weaves her fascinating life’s story among the exotic locales and extreme conditions that forged an extraordinary athlete from ordinary roots. READ MORE



Be Brave, Be Strong | Jill Homer

Jill is an unassuming recreational cyclist who has about as much in common with Lance Armstrong as she does with Michael Jordan. But despite her perceived athletic mediocrity, the newspaper editor from Alaska harbors an outlandish ambition: the “world’s toughest mountain bike race,” a 2,740-mile journey from Canada to Mexico along the rugged spine of the Rocky Mountains. Serious frostbite proves to only be the beginning in a series of setbacks that threaten to change her dream from outlandish to impossible. But, as Jill explains to a skeptical friend, “The fact that something’s impossible has never been a good reason not to try.” READ MORE



A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around the World | Anne Mustoe

When ex-headmistress Anne Mustoe gave up her job, bought a bike and took to the road, she couldn’t even mend a puncture. 12,000 miles and 15 months later, she was home. Her epic solo journey took her around the world, through Europe, India, the Far East and the United States. From Thessaloniki to Uttar Pradesh, from Chumphon to Singapore, she faced downpours, blizzards and blistering deserts, political turmoil and amorous waiters – alternated with great kindness from strangers along the way. “A Bike Ride” is the first in the series of Anne Mustoe’s successful and inspiring travelogues. READ MORE



This Road I Ride | Juliana Buhring

In December 2012, Juliana Buhring became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by bicycle. With only a few months of training and little sponsorship, support or money she left from Naples on 23 July 2012 to cycle the world. Raised in a religious cult as a child, Juliana finally broke away as a young adult and found her soul mate – an explorer seeking the source of unmapped rivers in Africa. When he was killed by a crocodile, her world went dark. To escape her grief, she decided to set herself a challenge. Having never seriously ridden a bike, she set out to ride around the world. READ MORE




The Wind In My Wheels | Josie Dew

As a young girl, Josie Dew developed an overpowering urge to travel. She also fell out of a fast-moving vehicle and, rather inconveniently, developed a lifelong aversion to cars. Along came her first bicycle, and she has never looked back. Four continents, thirty-six countries and eighty thousand miles worth of astounding adventures, eccentric characters, varied cultures and ever-enduring optimism are the result of her travels. Strange incidents and bizarre circumstances punctuate her journeys: in Nepal she met a team of Frenchmen running from Paris to China, and a cyclist on his way from one Olympic Games to the next. In Udaipur she was greeted by everyone with the refrain ‘Hello Mr. Jamie Bond Octopussy filmed here’, whilst her view of post-Ceausescu Romania, a nation suffering and starving, affected her both physically and mentally. READ MORE



What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story | Emily Chappell

Emily Chappell was never meant to be a cycle courier. She planned to earn her living using her mind rather than her legs. She thought it’d be a useful stopgap while searching for a ‘real’ job. Today, six years on, she’s still pedalling. As she flies through the streets of the capital, dancing with the traffic, Chappell records the pain and pleasure-both mental and physical-of life on wheels: the hurtling, dangerous missions; the ebb and flow of seasonal work; the moments of fear and freedom, anger and exhaustion; the camaraderie of the courier tribe and its idiosyncratic characters; the conflict and harmony between bicycle and road, body and mind. READ MORE