You’ve cried at the John Lewis Christmas ad (although I have to say it just isn’t quite the same after you’ve seen the front cover of the latest edition of Private Eye), you’ve watched Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dive down a manhole (that just doesn’t sound right does it?) only to bump into Helena Bonham Carter & her chums and perhaps you’ve even marvelled at just how little Iceland have lavished on their own Christmas offering. Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet as here is the 2013 Christmas advert for ‘Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie‘. Available in all good bookshops (and probably a few average ones as well). At only £8.99 it’s a steal (but I would prefer if you pay for it). Should you want to give your loved ones (or someone in your family) the ultimate Good Vibrations gift this holiday season (that sounds too American, sorry) without visiting Anne Summers, signed copies with a personal message are available for only £15 including postage and packaging (although I draw a line at actually wrapping the book for you). Contact me via email, via Twitter or indeed via Facebook should this enticing offer tickle your fancy. Happy Christmas to one and all (and especially to those of you who buy the book…).
We did it! On the evening of Wednesday 28th August 2013 after 50 days of cycling (and 9 days of ‘rest’ including a climb of the iconic Mont Ventoux in France), Reggie (the bike) and I arrived at Cape St. Vincent in the very corner of Europe. We had travelled over 5,600km, climbed nearly 52,000m and consumed countless amounts of ice cream & chocolate.
Read about the trip from Cape Sounio in Greece to Cape St. Vincent in Portugal on the blog section of CyclingEurope.org – the first post of the trip is here (there is a complete index here) and a post-trip interview conducted by the European Cyclists’ Federation is here - or look out for the book in early summer 2014.
In the meantime, read the best-selling ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie‘ about our first continental journey, north to south. Only £1.99 as an eBook (Kindle) & £8.99 in paperback it is ‘an inspirational read‘…
“Inspired by Olympic athletes, secondary school teacher & naive touring cyclist Andrew Sykes set off on a trans-continental cycling adventure from his home in southern England along pilgrimage route to Rome & beyond. A comical tale recounting the highs & lows of six weeks in the saddle, for cyclists and non-cyclists alike!”