Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie

Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie

By Andrew P. Sykes

  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre : Travel Writing
  • FIle Size : 1.07 MB
Score: 4.5
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Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie The academic year must have been a difficult one as when the summer holidays arrived, secondary school teacher Andrew Sykes was happy to do as little as possible. But while sitting on his sofa watching the exploits of the cyclists at the Great Wall of China at the Beijing Olympics, he realised the error of his ways and resolved to put a bit more adventure into his life. 

Two years later, accompanied by his faithful companion Reggie (his bike) but only a rudimentary plan, Andrew set off for a trans-continental cycling adventure that would take him along the route of the Via Francigena and the Eurovelo 5 all the way from his home in southern England to Brindisi in the south of Italy. There were highs and lows, rain and shine, joy and despair and they are all recounted here in a light-hearted, brisk style. A book for cyclists and non-cyclists alike! 


Andrew P. Sykes was born and grew up in the small town of Elland in the foothills of the Pennines in West Yorkshire. He studied for a degree in mathematics at the University of York and immediately after graduation went to work in London for a firm of city accountants. The world of auditing was not however for him and in 1993 he left the U.K to go and work in France, initially in the tourist industry and then for four years teaching English in the Loire Valley city of Tours. He returned to the U.K. in 1999 to train as a secondary school teacher of French at the University of Reading. He still lives in the town and can currently be found working as the Head of Modern Languages at a secondary school in South Oxfordshire. You may well spot him each morning and each evening during term time cycling to work through the picturesque countryside that lies between the Thames Valley towns of Reading and Henley-on-Thames. Please don't knock him off!


  • Mr.

    By Allan Tooells
    I would thoroughly recommend this illuminating quietly funny travelog as a must read to both well seasoned cycle tourers and newbies alike! Entertaining and inspiring! I will be downloading more from Andrew P. Sykes just as soon as I've finished tapping out this review on my iPad ☺️
  • Enjoy the journey

    By Grumpy Jimmy
    A cracking book that takes you on a journey and takes your mind to great places. Whether you like cycling or not you will want to get on 2 wheels and experience the adventure too
  • Mark O'N

    By markoneill141
    Great read! Looking forward to the next adventure with Andrew and Reggie..!
  • Fantastically informative read!

    By M.Wallis
    I bought this book after reading about the author on twitter. I was hoping to pick up a few handy tips for my own European adventure. It gave me what I wanted and so much more! Inspirational, informative, exciting and honest, I would recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in cycle touring.
  • Fascinating Read

    A fascinating read that kept me entertained from Berkshire to Brindisi along the Eurovelo 5. Thanks to the author for sharing his experience.
  • Brilliant book

    By kwoody1986
    Just finished reading, what a cycle ride. Has inspired me to get out and ride again. Can't wait to read about the next adventure. Karl
  • Good Vibrations!

    By Cormsbadger
    An inspiring read for any cyclist with wanderlust. This book will fill your head with thoughts of warmer climes and amazing climbs as you battle through wind, rain and traffic on your daily commute. Can't wait for the film!
  • Good Vibrations (crossing Europe on a bike called Reggie)

    By Morrisa4
    Excellent book, well worth a read.
  • Good vibrations made for a good read!

    By Lucy's mummy.
    I am a cycling widow. My lovely husband has cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats and back again - on separate occasions, I hasten to add! He has done other trips for a few days or a week. I stay at home, look after the children and the dog and go to work. He emails me the blogs and occasional photo. I enjoyed reading this account of a long distance cycle. The author is the polar opposite of my husband, who has to plan every night's accommodation months in advance! If he can every get his hands on my iPad, he will read the IBook too.
  • A Must For Anybody On 2 Human Powered Wheels

    By Merlins Music
    What a great book ! Funny, relaxed & just wants to make me get out & ride. This book proves that anybody with fire in their belly & 2 wheels on the road can have a adventure. Makes me want to plan my own pedal powered trip.