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In 2008 Sean Conway set off on a 1,000 mile bike ride that would shape the next 10 years of his life, as he became obsessed with the idea of becoming a real ultra cyclist. This is his story, how he tried and failed many times to break a cycling world record, and the story about his final world record attempt, cycling 4,000 miles across Europe. Sean nearly gave up on his dream after tragically losing two of his ultra cycling friends, but decided to continue in their honor with his quest to chase big miles on two wheels. Sean looks back at some of his cycling heroes and heroines and the boom in ultra cycling over the last decade.

©2019 Sean Conway (P)2019 Sean Conway

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Just brilliant, awesome guy, awesome book, awesome

Genuinely fantastic someone I aspire to be! Couldn't stop listening while on my bike!

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You took me with you Sean

I don’t do biographies. I don’t do sports biographies specifically, they’re all a bit too serious. But I do like getting on my bike and just riding. So does Sean. I picked the book because it didn’t seem too heavy and I thought I’d be able to relate. I really did and found Sean’s honest telling engaging and interesting. It made me want to get on my bike and ride a very long way …. And believe that I can. Thanks Sean

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a very good read

loved it very interesting ,sounds horrendous!!!, can't believe he only has one pair of shorts 😭

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Engaging story, great achievement.

- keeps you focused
- every chapter is amazing, no boring parts
- you can feel the pain and the excitement

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Another Conway gem!

Another great book by Sean Conway. Always a pleasure to read/listen one of his books. Epic journey! Would recommend to anyone interested in cycling.

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Inspiring

Not giving up and pressing on. Conversations with yourself and analysing how you feel. I will take a very small leaf out of your book next time it's windy and wet and I think of training indoors .Well done Sean

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rReally ejoyable book

if you are interested in long distance cycling, and in need of some inspiration, then this is for you.
a great story of what a Human is capable of pushing themselves through.

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inspirational

The bearded wonder that is Sean Conway. Hearing the story from the writer themselves is great.

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A constant delight!

I have listened to Sean's book numerous times whilst driving, training, washing the pots, etc, and it never fails to make me smile! I hope to meet this guy one day and shake his hand.

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Great, honest and emotional account

Very enjoyable, account and back story, I recommend it for anyone, but especially those that appreciate people who push them selves to the limit to achieve their goals.

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  • 08-08-19

Sean Conway inspires the “Big Mile” Athlete in all of us

Purely inspirational - I wanted to hop on my bike the whole time I was listening. Can’t wait to put some of Sean’s insights to work on my future bikepacking adventures!

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  • Steven Priefer
  • 02-08-20

Great book when on an a road trip.

Sean’s stories kept me wanting to hear more. I loved hearing about the high and lows of each day on the road, imagining myself exactly where he was, except Russian roads, yikes. My favorite supporting character was Pedro. Congrats to Sean on this great achievement, the ride and the book.

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  • William Fitzgerald
  • 30-01-20

Great Story

I'm a life long cyclist who is just now getting interested in the idea of endurance cycling... or "Big Mile Cycling". This was a great listen, will probably give it another listen soon.

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  • Greg Fisher
  • 26-11-19

Excellent

Great book with wonderful stories plus excellent tips for those embarking on endurance cycling events. The narration is superb - a really enjoyable South African accent.

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  • Wikus Hanekom
  • 17-10-19

Lekker!!!

Really enjoyed the story, the back stories and the history! Thanks for being a good story teller Sean!

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  • DAVID COX
  • 22-07-21

What happened to Pedro?

Loved listening to this adventure. Well done Sean. An amazing challenge and a story of overcoming adversity time and time again to achieve the goal and beating the record. However, what happened to Pedro?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-21

Good Read

Good for someone who has gone through some long distance cycling.
For other people I don't think it will be a good read.
Sometimes I think the author was trying too hard to make the book a little bit bigger and it was not necessary!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-21

Perfection.

An elloquent, detailed, entertaining account of an incredible journey. His narration is spot on, making you feel closer to the event through the voice of the man that lived it. As an endurance athlete, it absolutely gave me the fix i was looking for.