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Where There’s A Will : Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent

Chappell, Emily
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Published: November 5, 2020
ISBN: 9781788161527
288 pages, Integrated b&w plus 8pp plate section
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£8.99

Shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Non-Fiction Award 2020

In 2015 Emily Chappell embarked on a formidable new bike race: The Transcontinental. 4,000km across Europe, unassisted, in the shortest time possible. On her first attempt she made it only halfway, waking up suddenly on her back in a field, floored by the physical and mental exertion. A year later she entered the race again – and won. Where There’s a Will takes us into Emily Chappell’s race, grinding up mountain passes and charging down the other side; snatching twenty minutes’ sleep on the outskirts of a village before jumping back on the bike to surge ahead for another day; feeding in bursts and navigating on the go. We experience the crippling self-doubt of the ultra distance racer, the confusing intensity of winning and the desperation of losing a dear friend who understood all of this.

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