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My top five books about cycle touring to inspire your next journey

I came to cycling literature in a back to front fashion. I’d already made a handful of adventurous journeys by bike before I’d read any of the books I’m about to recommend. I was introduced to cycle touring my best friend, Adrian. He invited me along on a coast to coast ride – Barrow in Furness to Whitby – in 2008 and I never looked back. I guess that says something about how I learn new things and step into new realities.

After Adrian and I completed our 2011 charity challenge to cycle 20 countries in 100 days I found that books about cycle touring became an important part of the planning stages of my next journey. I was plotting a solo trip which meant I would have to plan the route and logistics for myself. 

The books about cycle touring* that I’ve most loved are stories and adventures that I’ve enjoyed in the years since I returned from my own bike journey from Vietnam to the UK. I read these stories to reminisce and to remember the feeling of being out on the road. It’s an important ritual for me. The bond of connection through shared experience is something I value.

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