Mud, Sweat and Gears: Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (Via the Pub) Paperback – 5 Mar 2012
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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.
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Hmm. I'm sorry, but in my book, if you can cycle 30 miles, you ARE in the pretty fit league.
It looks mildly entertaining enough but its another lads' book about the pseudo-modest how 'hard' you are really.
The book is an easy read and pretty well written, you really get an idea of the challenge and how the author felt doing the journey. There are a few touching, honest and pretty funny sections that mostly focus around the relationship between the author and her cycling partner for the journey. There is a surprising amount of factual snipits in the text, presumably researched after the journey as the book was being written. Whilst I admit to skipping the odd factoid paragraph during the read I still think they actually added to the book. I only skipped the odd one as I was personally more interest in the experiences of the cyclists. A good read, recommended.
Funny, open and inspirational, the journey is populated with keenly observed incidents and vignettes on history.
Certainly taking the right approach - great fun.
Having read their description of the Real Ales they drink along the way I am tempted to even try a pint myself some time.
Finally this book is not a boring travelogue but rather a book on two cyclists enjoyable experiences that makes for an entertaining read.For the price of a couple of pints its well worth the money.