Pedalling from one end of England to the other, the author struggles heroically with Mid-Life Crisis, Man-Flu and with Scott, a bike with a serious attitude problem. From the Dorset coast to Northumbria, he indulges a passion for the history of England through its castles, abbeys and ancient towns, while encountering England's people - the friendly, the funny and the deliciously eccentric.
Mike Carden is the author of three books relating the story of bike rides.
Told with humour, with stories of the peoples and places he visits, and with an eye to history and heritage, they strike a chord with cyclists and non-cyclists alike. The latest book is 'A Lake District Grand Tour. Pedalling through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones.'
Reviews have been enthusiastic:
- Cumbria Life Magazine: 'Relaxed and chatty with a ready wit. His humorous observations are reminiscent of Stuart Maconie's travelogues but with added panting and pedalling.'
- Cycletourer website: 'If this book doesn't get you itching to get your bike over to the Lake District and explore it, I don't know what will!'
The Full English: Pedalling through England, Mid-Life Crisis and Truly Rampant Man-Flu has been described as 'warm, well observed, unpretentious and very funny'(Adventure Travel magazine).
A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling through Scotland in search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake followed and is told with 'almost unquenchable good humour' (Velo Vision cycling magazine).