‘Wanderlust porn’ review #3 – Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie

ReggieThis is without a doubt the best cycle-related travel book I’ve read so far! The author, Andrew Sykes, isn’t a professional cyclist, he is a seemingly laid-back high school French teacher from the South of England.  Before cycling from England to Italy and writing this book about it, he was just a humble cycle commuter, much like us.

His relaxed writing style and honesty about his own inexperience and fears for his trip make the book universally easy to relate to, whether you are a cyclist or not.  There are no sponsorship deals, no pretentious self-indulgent mumblings about ‘finding himself’, it has just the right amount of personal reflection combined with witty tales of his encounters with foreign lands and funny characters along his journey.

I love that the book includes commentary on his pre-adventure preparations, like his struggles to get his head around bike building and trying to figure out maps and routes.  At the time of reading the book, we were busy doing exactly the same thing for our trip!

My only negative comment is that it could have done with a more thorough editing process, as there were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors, but maybe that’s just the picky editor in me talking.  Despite this minor flaw, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-told tale of adventure and personal triumph, especially if they are interested in cycling, but even if they are not.

I’d also recommend Andrew’s website as a great resource for anyone planning a long distance cycle in Europe.

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Please check out my other reviews below and leave me a comment if you can recommend a good travel/cycling book, documentary or movie.

The Man Who Cycled the World

Reveal the Path

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