Emily Chappell Where there's a will

For years, we hero-worshipped Emily Chappell. She is the woman who worked for years in the hard-edged world of the London cycle courier, who took on ultra-cycling events that made us wince.

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She gave inspirational talks at cycling events. She made us feel humble and inspired in equal measure. And she wrote things like this:

"I had lost sight of the end. Istanbul was still over a week's ride away, so impossibly distant that there was no point fixating on it. I thought about the next town, the next bend in the road, the next sleep, the next meal.

I got back on the bike and I kept going."

Then we got to know her, and realised that she is so much more than that. A brilliant, warm, intelligent human being, whose aversion to mattresses through years of catnaps on hard floors during extreme challenges could not disguise a sensitive and fascinating person within. Plus, she's brilliant at writing about all of this.

All of which means that her new book, focusing on the small matter of winning the 4000km Transcontinental Race, is so much more than the story of an unimaginably tough event.

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