Book review: The Cyclist’s Bucket List

Published by Lyn on 12 August 2016

Julia Stagg pops The Cyclist's Bucket List into her pannier as she heads off into up the slopes of the Pyrenees.

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal (UKUS)
by Eliza Southwood 
(Laurence King Publishing)

While bucket lists are not my thing, this slim journal would tempt me to change my mind. In The Cyclist’s Bucket List, yet another gorgeous offering from publisher Laurence King, cyclists are offered 115 pages of exquisite paper to track their aspirations, successes, near misses and progress over a given season. For a writer like me, that’s enough to make me drool. But this is Laurence King and so there’s more to the notebook than simply good-quality blank paper …

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal

Above: Alpe d'Huez and Dragon Ride

Interspersed through the journal are Eliza Southwood’s delightful illustrations of cycling’s iconic rides as well as her amusing takes on cycling behaviour – concealing bike expenditure from a partner being just one example. The book culminates in the aforementioned bucket list – an interesting collection of sportives, iconic rides and experiences that most cyclists would love to experience.

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal

Above: Lagos de Covadonga and Passo dello Stelvio

It’s beautiful. It’s quirky. And for that cyclist in your life aiming for some personal achievement on the bike, it would make a wonderful present. I’ll be taking mine to the Pyrenees this September to chart my progress on the Pyrenean Traverse. If I can bear to get it dirty!

The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Road Bike Journal (UK, US)
by Eliza Southwood
(Laurence King Publishing)

Julia Stagg writes fiction set in the Ariège region of the French Pyrenees, an area she discovered through her passion for cycling. Her latest novel, Last Chance in the Pyrenees, is available now, published by Hodder and Stoughton. You can join her on Twitter and Facebook.

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