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Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie

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Meet Andrew: French teacher, writer and long-distance cyclist.
Now, meet Reggie, his bike.
With two European cycling adventures already under his belt, Andrew was ready for a new challenge. Exchanging his job as a teacher in Oxfordshire for an expedition on Reggie the bike, he set off on his most daring trip yet: a journey from Tarifa in Spain to Nordkapp in Norway – from Eu
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 11th 2017 by Summersdale
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Paul
Europe is a place of great variety. There are all sorts of terrains and climates, as well as cultures, languages and a common history that stretches back millennia. On his third adventure across the continent, Andrew Sykes decides that travelling from its furthest southerly geographic point, Tarifa in Spain, all the way up to its most northerly, Nordkapp in Norway would be a good way to experience them. He is back on his faithful bike Reggie for the ride along the western side of Europe.

He rides
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Tom Horvei
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: You should read this book. It is a wonderful tale of a bicycle journey, and of the person behind it.

And now, for the rest of my review. Andrew P. Sykes is a seasoned travel writer, or to be precise, bicycle tour writer, having published his third book. With the first one he hit a nerve, in that he did the tour, and generously told us about all the good bits, but also the bad ones.

His second book had some of that, but drowned much of it in diary-like detail. Still, he continued to fasci
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Emanuel
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel
How can you go on such an amazing adventure and write such an uninspiring and dull book is beyond me. I really wanted to enjoy it and I was hoping that after the first few 'admin' chapters it would - literally - pick up the pace, but from Spain until Norway, that never happened. Chapter after chapter follows the same format, that once you've figured it out, becomes very repititive and because it's loaded with more logistics information (understandably) than anything remotely exciting or fun it a ...more
Gerard Hepburn
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Really good read and was nice to see my home town of Dundee getting a mention. Hope bbc Reggie is ok.
mark watkin
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent I need to read the others
Anthony Frobisher
The best form of travel and the best form of travelogue

I cycle. I cycle a lot. 3,000 miles a year give or take a mile here and there. Around 20 - 30 miles each ride. A few 100 mile plus rides....but let's consider what Andrew Sykes has done. 7,700km from the south of Spain to the northernmost tip of mainland Europe, Nordkapp in Norway. A wonderful journey described with a keen eye for detail and an obvious pleasure for the simple fact of cycling ever onwards through changing landscapes, countrie
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Ben Twoonezero
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I really would like to gave this 4 stars but I cant, first it took nearly 2 weeks to read which kind of proves it is not a page turner. The author is quite engaging, quite funny and quite clever, the problem being so many have and do this better, Mark Wallington is clever, funny and engaging. I also do not like to be preached to on the virtues of the EU by Andrew, if I want politics I will read a book by some one with more knowledge on the subject. On the plus side it cost me 99p so was a cost e ...more
Fletcher1
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this at the same time I started reading Tim Moore's book about cycling in France, French Revolutions. While Moore's book is like riding into a headwind up a mountain, this flows beautifully. He is funny, he doesn't try to be too clever, tells it as he says it. It is interesting, with a good mix of people he has met, interesting places, a little history thrown in for good measure. Have done long distance cycling he describes the 'Mercedes days' well. Thoroughly enjoyed it and in ...more
Tracey Agnew
The reason my partner usually tries to encourage me not to read this sort of book is that it sets me thinking - I had already planned my first solo trip, cycling from Amsterdam to Bruges before I got to the last chapter!
Sykes is a pleasant travel companion, interested in the history and geography of the countries he passes through
Mathew Tully
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting read, that certainly has made me interested in doing something similar. I would have like a lot more photos of the places and people met in the trip to add more colour.
Justin
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed reading about Andrew P. Sykes' bicycle touring adventure from the Cadiz, Spain to Nordkapp, Norway.

Whilst the journey is by bicycle, the story isn't about cycling as it just acts as a medium to tell the tale of his trip. Initially focused on his ambitious goals and daily averages, as his journey continues, that become less important than the people and places he visits.

Having read Andrew's previous two Reggie books (Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie and Along The Med on a
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Andrew P. Sykes is a writer, cyclist, speaker and teacher.
He’s also a lover of those quirky, humorous travelogues that meander comically from one minor adventure to the next. So writing about a long-distance cycling trip across Europe from southern England to southern Italy seemed the natural thing for him to do once his small-time odyssey was over. The result was ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called
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