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Really Wild Cycling: The pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track challenges

Chris Sidwells

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An illustrated pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track cycling challenges suited to increasingly popular cyclo-cross and gravel bikes.

An illustrated pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track cycling challenges

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.

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Praise for Really Wild Cycling: The pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track challenges

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  • This is the perfect pocket guide to some of Britain's best off-road rides. - Cycling Weekly

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Chris Sidwells

Chris Sidwells is a freelance writer, editor and owner of independent publisher He has written well over 1,000 articles for, among others, Cycling Weekly, CHRIS SIDWELLS is a freelance writer, editor and photographer whose work has appeared in national newspapers, specialist cycle magazines and on websites all over the world. He recently launched his own publishing company Cycling Legends, which publishes books and provides print-ready fully designed content to other publishers. See for more details.
Chris has written twenty books about cycling, as well as editing or contributing to ten others. His most recent book is Cycling Legends 01. Tom Simpson, published by Cycling Legends, which is an intimate portrait of Britain's first men's elite road race world champion.

Chris has a degree in geology, is a qualified cycling coach and fitness instructor, and an active cyclist with years of racing and riding experience in every aspect of the sport. He has won races on the road and in track and in every age group from youth to masters.

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