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Stay Away from the Buttercups: Journey of the South Downs Triple [Kindle Edition]

Richard Sterry , Anne Dickins , Ben Hunt-Davis , Judy McNeill , Simon Catmur , Josh Ibbett , Mike Anton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hatching a crazy goal to cycle the South Downs Way 3 times in succession seemed utterly ridiculous. The 300 mile journey had never been attempted before and was estimated to take 36 hours. Richard Sterry captured the hearts of 100's of supporters as he pushed his body way beyond what was thought possible.
Stay Away from the Buttercups delves into the thorough preparation and mental toughness required to pull off such an awesome feat. Describing the journey, whilst incorporating the buzz on social media, it shows how a record can be achieved.
However far you want to ride, this book provides valuable tips to help you achieve your goal. One section provides specific advice for completing the South Downs Double.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Sterry; 1 edition (22 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CYSB4CE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard is one of those guys who blends into the background then suddenly produces an incredible cycling feat. From his meticulous attention to detail it is obvious that he has spent much time training, thinking about and planning the event. Undeterred by criticism he pulls a support crew together to successfully complete the ride of a lifetime, bettering anything he has done before. His sense of focus and sheer determination to overcome the challenges, enables him to substantially raise the bar way beyond the average cyclist. My curiosity is wondering what he will do next.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A non cyclist perspective 21 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I never cycle even remotely seriously, I have done a few km on a bike machine in a gym but that's as far as it's ever likely to go.
I didn't buy this book for the cycling info, I bought it mainly on the strength of the other Amazon reviews and the fact that it was inexpensive and well worth a try.

I wasn't disappointed at all. Considering this is Richard's first book, I was very impressed with the writing and the way that the book was structured.
This book was very easy to read and although I am a slow reader, I finished the book in about 5 hours which is a fraction of the time it usually takes me to read most books.

After reading this book, it reminded me that, about 17 years ago when I was a teenager, I read a book called something like "How to become a millionaire". I can't remember who the author was. At the time it was (at least apparently) the only "millionaire" motivational book around but today there seems to be hundreds of copycat books on Amazon. Perhaps you have already guessed, the book didn't quite live up to it's title for me. But it did teach me a few important facts about how the top business leaders achieve such success: they have an unwavering confidence and belief in there own future success (despite all of their setbacks), and also the realism to seek out their own group of experts (or mind group) to guide them to their success.

As it was so long ago since I read that book I had forgotten all about it. But when I read "Stay away from the buttercups", I could see a detailed example of how this has been meticulously planned and executed. There is no explicit here's how you can do it" section but then there doesn't need to be. When reading this book you can easily adapt what is said to understand what sacrifices are needed, and get a glimpse into the planning process needed in order to achieve your most ambitious goals in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! 27 May 2013
By Graeme
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I was one of the people who followed Richard's South Downs Triple attempt on both Singletrackworld and Twitter. To be honest, I thought he was nuts!

Once i realised he was bringing out a book, buying a copy was a no-brainer for me!

The training, planning and effort that went into the ride was obviously huge but reading about it seemed to help with realising the enormity of what he achieved.

After initially planning for a sub 12 hour SDW attempt this year myself, reading Richard's book has inspired me to think bigger and possibly better for my own attempt and ideas of a South Downs Double of my own are now floating around my head.
The book is both informative and inspiring, as much as I hate it when I see it in a review of anything, it really is unputdownable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is Impossible 25 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book takes the reader to the very heart of what you need to succeed. This is more than just about getting on your bike and riding forever. It is about searching deep within you to achieve a dream.
The story of Richard Sterry's mission to ride the South Downs Way not once, twice but three times back-to-back is the stuff of dreams for anyone who has even ridden a mountain bike. The South Downs are majestic, challenging and tough.
This mission tested him to the limits of his physical and mental strengths. His story includes memorable highs and lows of 37 hours of enjoyment and torture. Not an adventure to be taken lightly, Stay Away From The Buttercups, describes in detail the pressures of the challenge and offers a glimpse behind an intensely private person and what makes him tick.
The fear of not completing drove him on. At the end it was not relief, but pure joy. It is a journey he shares, a real life story that is personal, revealing and every bit as exciting as the adventure itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 27 Jan. 2014
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If Richard was a celebrity or tv sportsperson, I'm sure more would have been made of this modest man’s incredible achievement. It is a triumph of the human spirit and the will of one ordinary bloke to go one step further than anyone else. Make no mistake, this is a super-human effort, which could have been potentially fatal without proper preparation. If you are a mountain biker you will understand just how far 300 miles is off-road, particularly when you factor in the 10’s of thousands of feet in elevation change.

The book articulates how meticulous Richard was in preparing himself and a support crew for his challenge and his utter determination to achieve his goal. There is no doubt that a weak mind would have failed, no matter how well prepared the body was. If you have any plans to achieve a sporting goal that is well outside your comfort zone (as I currently do) this book will be an inspiration. Moreover, if you plan to do the South Downs Way on your bike, this serves as very good preparatory reading.

As a book, personally I wanted to get inside his head more and get more of a feel for what he was going through, although I would imagine after such a difficult challenge it may be difficult to recall such things. Personally I found the reproduction of the Twitter and forum feeds a little distracting from the story, but I guess it gave a feel for what the cycling fraternity thought of his incredible effort.
Overall, though, as an achievement it is truly staggering and I doff my cap to the man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good read!
I was recommended this book by a work colleague, and I have to admit it is a really good read. Having walked a section of the South Downs way myself, I can understand the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R Corfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in a very long time ...
Best book I have read in a very long time in one go......took me 3 days just one way but going back to try again
Published 5 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Inspiring and enjoyable account of how a normal bloke decided to do something extraordinary and really find out just how far he could push himself in the process. Read more
Published 6 months ago by HCB
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like reading about endurance cycling epic adventures
Inspiring account of the 'triple.' I read this in one day and I really couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ellsy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great inspiring read.
A great inspiring read.
Published 6 months ago by Supercitybity
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and recommended.
This is a nice story about an extreme long distance ride along the South Downs Way and as such it is a great read for anyone who rides mountain bikes on the Downs or is planning a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Border Collie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Bought it as riding the South Downs ...
Great book. Bought it as riding the South Downs myself and was interested to see if I could learn anything and get some hints out of it (and it did that). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diederik Hagenbeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
An excellent and inspiring read. Now I just need to get those wheels on my uber expensive bicycle turning, and keep them turning, and turning.....
Published 12 months ago by Zac San Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Having ridden the South Downs way in a day a couple of times I know how tough just going one way is! Read more
Published 14 months ago by GH1969
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the true long distance rider
Having seen the feed of this event on Singletrack when Richard did the ride, I was keen to read more behind what drove him to challenge himself in such a way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Straightliner
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