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Unfinished journeys - Reflecting on a decade of long-distance cycling on 12th October, 2022
by Emily Chappell


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Since she set out to cycle round the world in 2011, Emily has spent much of her life on the road. She has pushed her body to its limits, riding day and night across Europe to win the Transcontinental race. She has ventured into the silence and solitude of the Yukon winter, immersing herself in a landscape mostly devoid of colour, and with temperatures so low that her eyelashes froze together. She has slowly acquainted herself with the people, languages and histories of Asia, and the unique way in which two-wheeled travel enables the rider to connect with and reflect on the world.

The lessons she learned along the way have prompted her to question her earlier adventures, to find new ways of telling old stories, and to confront why we travel, what makes a good journey, and what questions we should ask ourselves before setting off into the unknown.

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Emily Chappell

Emily Chappell is an author and long-distance cyclist. She cut her teeth working as a bike messenger in London, before seeking ever tougher challenges. She has cycled across Asia, Iceland and North America, as well as winning the 4,000km Transcontinental Race across Europe, and the fearsome Strathpuffer 24-hour race, commonly agreed to be one of the world’s toughest mountain bike events....

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