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In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6. Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well travelled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead. When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She'd survived life-threatening illnesses, personal loss and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory. And she'd fallen in love with two very different men. In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs and, in some parts of the world, readily available and reliable maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable today. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.
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In 1868, the first ever documented bicycle race was held in a Paris park, and to the locals' chagrin, was won by a Briton. Yet while cycling culture became ingrained in continental European culture, riders this side of the Channel were engaged in constant battles with the authorities to pursue their sport - road racing was in fact banned as early as 1890. Its rise in popularity over the past 150 years, and the many triumphs of British cyclists in that time, have therefore been phenomenal. Never before has the full story of the sport been documented in one book, and in Great British Cycling, Ellis Bacon guides you through the development of our bike racing world, from weekend outings to British riders being able to compete in, then finish and win stages of the Tour de France. It takes you from cycling clubs and iconic frame-builders to a post-war explosion in cycling participation inspired by the likes of Brian Robinson, Tommy Simpson, Barry Hoban and Beryl Burton, from huge crowds witnessing the Tour of Britain and other races up and down the land to the modern era of glorious success by the likes of Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. As the Tour de France returns to these shores for the fourth time, with Great Britain now firmly established at the top of the world of cycling, this is the ideal time for fans of the sport, both new and old, to explore its wonderful history.
The British winter: rain, heavy; trains, cancelled; Christmas, expensive. How many times have you thought that there might be an alternative to grey skies and cold weather- one that will not break the bank? Wintering abroad used to be the preserve of the very wealthy, yet since the advent of cheaper, easier travel, anyone who has the time to spare can escape the winter... and even save some money in the process, No one knows more about ascaping the British winter than acclaimed travel write Anne Mustoe, who has happily spent every Christmas overseas since 1987. Internationally renowned for her entertaining and heroic journeys cycling around the world, the irrepressible Ms Mustoe has put together an invaluable, no-nonesense reference book that is essential reading for anyone who is thinking of fleeing the British Isles during the winter months. Practical and thorough, Escaping The Winter is packed with all the advice you need to successfully make your escape, whether you crave rural isolation in a mountain hideaway or want to mix with the locals in a busy small town, including: - Choosing the right destination for you budget and requirements - Managing your finances and letting your property - Packing for an extended holiday - Making new friends and staying in touch with those back home - Staying safe and healthy - Getting around. If you thought of another British winter fills you with dread, then this is the bood for you.

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