The Best Books About Long Distance Cycling

By Sean Conway

The Books I Picked & Why

Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike Part One: From England to South Africa

By Alastair Humphreys

Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike Part One: From England to South Africa

Why this book?

One of the most beautifully written cycling books, Al details how he spent over 4 years cycling around the world instead of taking a good job in teaching. Doing a long journey like that before the luxuries of modern technology all adds to the real sense of adventure. I only wish I had had the courage to partake in such a long adventure when I left school.


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Through Sand & Snow: a man, a bicycle, and a 43,000-mile journey to adulthood via the ends of the Earth

By Charlie Walker

Through Sand & Snow: a man, a bicycle, and a 43,000-mile journey to adulthood via the ends of the Earth

Why this book?

Also very well written. Charlie chooses the roads less travelled and he meanders for nearly 4 years from the UK to Singapore then back and down through Africa to Cape Town before turning around and cycling back up Africa to the UK. He got arrested in Tibet. Had a pony stolen in Mongolia and nearly got killed by a drunken mob in Ethiopia. Gripping throughout.


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Llama Drama: A two-woman, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through South America

By Anna McNuff

Llama Drama: A two-woman, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through South America

Why this book?

Anna has done some serious bike ride but my favorite was her award winning book about cycling around South America with her friend Faye. From the heights of La Paz to cycling naked through the salt flat in Bolivia it’s a beautifully written travelogue about grand adventures on two wheels


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Africa Solo: My World Record Race from Cairo to Cape Town

By Mark Beaumont

Africa Solo: My World Record Race from Cairo to Cape Town

Why this book?

Having grown up in Africa I found Mark’s Cairo to Cape Town cycling world record captivating from start to finish. Completing the ride in 41 days (which is faster than many people drive it) was a feat of unimaginable endurance.


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The Beardless Adventurer and her inconvenience: A first-time cycle trip across Europe

By Donna Marie Ashton

The Beardless Adventurer and her inconvenience: A first-time cycle trip across Europe

Why this book?

I often find adventure books written by women to be way more honest and inspiring and Donnas book is testament to that. Cycling 5000km through Europe with no previous cycling experience proves that you don’t have to be an ex-Olympian or from a military to go off and have an epic adventure.


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