The best books about long distance cycling

Sean Conway Author Of Big Mile Cycling: Ten Years. 60000 Miles. One Dream
By Sean Conway

Who am I?

Sean Conway is a record-breaking endurance cyclist who has cycled over 100,000 miles in the last decade including cycling around the world, LEJOG twice, and the world record for the fastest person to cycle across Europe.

I wrote...

Big Mile Cycling: Ten Years. 60000 Miles. One Dream

By Sean Conway,

Book cover of Big Mile Cycling: Ten Years. 60000 Miles. One Dream

What is my book about?

In 2008 Sean Conway set off on a 1000 mile bike ride that would shape the next 10 years of his life as he became obsessed with the idea of becoming a real ultra-cyclist. This is his story, how he tried, and failled many times, to break a cycling world record, and the story about his final world record attempt, cycling 4000 miles across Europe. Sean nearly gave up on his dream after tragically losing two of his ultra-cycling friends, but decided to continue in their honour with his quest to chase big miles on two wheels. Sean looks back at some of his cycling heroes, heroines, and the boom in ultra-cycling over the last decade.

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The books I picked & why

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

Why did I love 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.

By Alastair Humphreys,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Moods of Future Joys as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This enthralling account details Alastair Humphrey's epic journey across Africa, through Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. His experience is at times brutal, and though he faces loneliness, despair, and harsh conditions, he also survives through trust in the kindness of strangers.

Moods of Future Joys is a story of the triumphs over adversities, of one man who set off from his home in Yorkshire to cycle the world, fundraise for charity and... to live a little.

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

Why did I love 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.

By Charlie Walker,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Through Sand & Snow as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"A genuinely remarkable adventure. True grit and rabid perseverance." - Sir Ranulph Fiennes

★★★★★ "Excellent, gritty travel at its humid best"

★★★★★ "Fast paced, humble, fascinating, eloquently written. 100% recommend"

★★★★★ "Gripping from start to finish. I read it in just one sitting!"

★★★★★ "An amazing and wonderfully written adventure...I'm not sure what will ever follow it"

★★★★★ "Factual, funny, interesting and gripping. A must read"

★★★★★ "So articulately written with real humility and honesty. I can’t wait to read more!!!"

★★★★★ "A romping true adventure with struggle, strife, love and loss. Topped off with a glorious sense of achievement"…

Llama Drama

By Anna McNuff,

Book cover of Llama Drama

Why did I love 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

By Anna McNuff,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Llama Drama as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

**WINNER of the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Literary Award**

"Llama Drama is simply hilarious. If anyone wants something witty and moving at the same time. Also, something empowering, then this is the one for them. I literally inhaled it." -  Claudia Winkleman, TV Presenter and Author

What Amazon readers are saying about Llama Drama:

★★★★★ “Loved every minute of it!”

★★★★★ “An antidote for the madness of 2020”

★★★★★ “Truly inspiring”

★★★★★ “A brilliant book for anyone interested in travel, conquering their fears, cycling, adventure, South America”

★★★★★ “I couldn't put it down!”

★★★★★ “Buy the damn thing. It’s awesome!”…

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

Why did I love 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.

By Mark Beaumont,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Africa Solo as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


In the spring of 2015, Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt - solo, the length of Africa, intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days. Seven years since he smashed the world record for cycling round the world, this would be his toughest trip yet. And he would set a new mark that would simply break the limits of endurance.

Despite illness, mechanical faults, attempted robbery and stone-throwing children, as well as dehydration in the deserts and unprecedented levels of…

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

Why did I love 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.

By Donna Marie Ashton,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Beardless Adventurer and her inconvenience as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“Inspiring proof that you need neither be under 25 nor even bearded to have a terrific adventure.” Alastair Humphreys, Author & Adventurer When Donna and Iain, a couple in their late forties with no previous cycling experience, decide on the spur of the moment to cycle across an entire continent, you can rightly assume things might not go according to plan. Armed with little knowledge but much determination, they attempt a self-supported cycle tour, carrying everything they need and camping along the way, normally the domain of hardy, beardy adventurers or Olympic athletes. Join The Beardless Adventurer and her inconvenience…

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