An illustrated pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track cycling challenges suited to increasingly popular cyclo-cross and gravel bikes.
Really Wild Cycling follows in the tracks of Chris's bestselling Wild Cycling. Most, if not all, the rides are off-road, but each one presents a challenge to inspire readers to train for it and have a go. Most take only a few hours, but some are longer, and a few much longer, taking even the fittest several days. An introduction explains safety techniques and underlines the skills, knowledge, equipment and fitness levels required. The rides are graded in ascending difficulty within each region. Each ride suggests regular escape points to get riders to a safe place should the weather close in and draws attention to places where extra care should be taken. Some rides are on marked routes, like the Trans-Pennine Trail, some are races or organised challenges, while others are routes the author himself has mapped out. Each ride is illustrated with photos, an annotated map and a profile of the terrain. The text includes a detailed route guide and historical, geological and natural points of interest.
Praise for Wild Cycling:
This is the perfect pocket guide to some of Britain's best off-road rides. - Cycling Weekly
CHRIS SIDWELLS is a freelance writer, editor and owner of independent publisher www.cyclinglegends.co.uk. He has written well over 1,000 articles for, among others, Cycling Weekly, GQ magazine, Wanderlust, Men's Fitness, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the BBC and is a regular cycling pundit for several local radio stations. Chris has written nineteen books, which have been translated into twenty-four languages. He has a degree in geology and is a qualified cycling coach and fitness instructor with years of riding and racing experience. He has won races in every cycling discipline and in every age group.