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Mud, Sweat and Gears: Cycling From Land's End to John O'Groats (Via the Pub) by [Bennett, Ellie]
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'great fun and surprisingly informative.'

(Mark Beaumont, author of The Man Who Cycled the World)

'Ellie Bennett takes on the End-to-End with plentiful supplies of humour and beer.'

(Josie Dew)

'Ellie Bennett is funny, she can talk the rear wheel off a Dawes three-speed and she loves a decent pint. I'd tag along with her any day'

(Oz Clarke)

'Likeable account of a journey by bike from Land's End to John-o'-Groat's via plenty of pubs.'

(The Bookseller)

'What a great laugh out loud read this book is!! It will cheer up even the dullest of days… A terrific read for any cycle fan!!'

(Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller)

'Well worth a read for travel and bike enthusiasts'

(Scotcampus)

'This enjoyable account of their End-to-End route, split by days, and a 'stats' list stating miles cycled and pints of beer consumed - one wonders how they'll make it to their destination at all. Definitely a fun read for anyone who believes cycling is a very nice way to complete a sightseeing (and eating) adventure rather than a race against the clock'

(London Cyclist Magazine)

About the Author

Ellie Bennett is a writer and a cyclist.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1532 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HOLL5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are plenty of books written about long distance cycle rides in the UK, usually Lands End to John O'Groats or a complete circumvention of the coast. Invariably these are penned by serious cyclists who also seem to take themselves very seriously. This book is different because whilst the writer, Ellie Bennett, likes to cycle she is no bike nut and rides an old well used Dawes bicycle rather than a sleek new touring model. Her attitude towards her journey from Lands End to John O'Groats is relaxed too. Whilst she is aware that a seasoned cyclist could travel the length of the UK in little over a week (or less) she is quite content to take her time allowing three or four weeks to complete the ride. She could have done it much faster but she and her cycling partner, Mick, make sure they get their priorities right. This meant that they always found time to check out any local landmarks, make sure that their food intake was always maintained and, most importantly, track down decent pubs to sample any interesting real ales.

The resultant book is a fun yet informative read. Ellie Bennett is clearly not the best travel writer you will find as her prose is sometimes a little awkward, but she writes with such enthusiasm that she is able to convey the many ups and downs that they encountered during their bike ride. You are able to imagine exactly how she feels when, with the wind and rain blowing in her face and the prospect of a steep climb in front of her, she sometimes wonders just why she is making this journey in the first place. Similarly you can feel her pleasure when relaxing after a difficult day or enjoying a pint of tasty beer in a pleasant pub.

All in all this is a good, entertaining book that made me consider undertaking a similar journey, only with more pubs and less miles....
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I really enjoyed this book and once I started to read it I found it hard to put down.

I am not really interested in whether or not there are trains from Wick to Inverness first thing in the morning because such fine details are irrelevant to my enjoyment.

Ellie has a nice and very easy to read writing style, there is a good mixture of humour and factual information based around the places that she and her mate visited.

Ellie appears to have a good eye for a fine drop of ale and I will now use her book when I am on my travels to seek out and drink those elusive pints of great tasting beer.

Good on you Ellie for not only doing what I am sure many people dream of but also in getting a book deal so that you can get a book published on it.
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I enjoyed this cycling book, and it made a change from a lot of cycling, travel books, which (to be fair) seem to be written by masochistic psychopaths.

The book centres on (very) amateur cycling, with good Beer thrown in.
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I'm mid-forties, female, love cycling and furthest I've been in one go is 66miles. I'm thinking about doing LEJOG and this was a nice, entertaining introduction to what it might be like. Its made me feel that yes, i could do it, in about three weeks and without spending £3k on a new bike and a ton of other expensive kit. Thanks Ellie for the inspiration :)
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By rkit on 22 April 2012
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This is one of those books that I just had to read in one weekend. It follows the usual format of long bike ride diaries but the interesting aspect is the relationship between the two friends and the emphasis on the pubs and the beer. I am jealous as it makes my LEJOG attempt look so boring! I'd love to meet the two of them and share a pint of real ale. Good fun easy read.
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I think that this book is one of the very best cycle touring book I have read. It's about a couple's attempt to cycle from Lands End to John o Groats via pubs that serve real ales. Many travel books are self indulgent, boring, or have a forced sense of humour. THIS BOOK HAS NONE OF THIS AND IS A GREAT READ to a cyclist (which I am). It's written in a very ordinary sort of way that one can so easily relate to, especially to the things that can go wrong, the frustrations, and also to the feelings of joy that two wheels can bring. When I got into Scotland (I felt I was there riding along with them) I read slower and slower as I didn't really want the book to end.
I went and bought another copy for a cycling friend.
Message to Ellie Bennett (author). I loved your book, and please please write another soon, maybe a trip through Europe next time, as I'm waiting to buy it.
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Very disappointing book and I gave up at page 84. It reads as though the author has simply copied and pasted chunks of (very dull) information from Wiki in order to enlighten the reader about some of the places they visited. Also, lots of unrelated and uninteresting pieces of opinion not relating to anything much in particular. If the content of the book was solely relating to the route and the experiences of cycling from place to place then this would have been an interesting read. Sadly the story of the journey is not the focus of the book. I am sure that there are considerably better books about cycling LeJog than this. I definitely recommend 'Free Country' as an alternative
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I enjoyed this book. It's packed with information and I had a Google-List at the end of each reading session. I looked up all the bridges, historical sites and interesting people mentioned. The bit about the clergyman who introduced honey bees to New Zealand was particularly timely as I'd just tested Manuka Honey on an emerging cold sore. (It works). I got the 'lump in the throat' when they reached their journey's end. Well done Ellie and Mick. I felt like I was chatting (listening) to a friend. This isn't literature but it's a good travel book. And it's fun.
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