Where There's A Will
Emily Chappell

Where There's A Will

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Emily Chappell's story of transformation into a cross-continental bike racer, pushing the limits of her endurance

A London cycle courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race - The Transcontinental - in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On her second attempt, she won the women's event, covering nearly 4,000 miles in 13 days and ten hours, sleeping in short bursts wherever exhaustion took her.

In the aftermath of a win that troubled as much as pleased her she worked with Mike Hall, the founder of the race, until his tragic death on the road.

Where There's a Will is a book about a normal person finding the capacity to do something extraordinary; the paradoxes of comradeship, competition, vulnerability and will and the shock of grief, combined in a beautifully written and very human story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello – I’m Emily. I like bikes. A lot.

I spent 2011-13 cycling across Asia, from Wales to Japan. In February 2014 I cycled across Iceland. I spent the first three months of 2015 cycling from Anchorage to Seattle, and that summer competing in the Transcontinental Race. After dropping out halfway (with a suspected heart problem that turned out to be nothing more than grumpy intercostals), I’ll be back in summer 2016, to finish the job.

In between my adventures, I work as a cycle courier in London, England. I used to blog about it as That Messenger Chick. I’ve never enjoyed a job so much, or stuck with it so long, but there’s very little career development in couriering, so I’m delighted to have found other ways of cycling and writing full-time. (Luckily, I never wanted to be rich.)

 

  • Imprint: Pursuit Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: £11
  • Publication date: 5 November 2020
  • ISBN: 978-1788161527