Best Cycling Books by Women – Part 2

This is the second part of a blog post prompted by a recent realisation that the majority of blogs about books on cycling only featured one or two by female writers and the desire to do something about it.

You can find part one here

Women have just as incredible and awe-inspiring adventures as men but rarely to their books and films get the same attention as their male counterparts. Here I have listed just a few of the amazing books written by women about their cycling adventures as recommended by members of the Adventure Queens and Love Her Wild …

Fifty Shades Through the USA – One Woman’s Cycling Adventure through every state in America

fifty shades

Anna McNuff

Founder of the Adventure Queens group mentioned above, Anna is an inspiration to women everywhere and this book is no different. With very little cycling experience but a huge thirst for adventure, Anna and Boudica (her lovely pink bike) take us 11,000 miles through every state in the USA. It is filled with vivid descriptions, friendly hosts and her unbridled joy as she explores this huge country.

Divide by One: A Memoir

Grace Ragland & Steve Justice

This incredible memoir of ultra-endurance athlete Grace Ragland and her journey from the mountains of Canada to the deserts of New Mexico for the world’s longest mountain bike race The Tour Divide. Battling everything from infection to the weather and her ongoing nemesis MS, Grace tells of the characters she meets along the way with emotion and humour at every turn. Be prepared for heartbreak and happiness in equal measure from this wonderful woman of cycling.

Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Named Lucy

me, my bike and a dog named lucyIshbel Holmes

When an ex-racing cyclist’s plan to bike around the world is derailed by the rescue of a street dog from the streets of Turkey, an emotional story of determination and love is born. Ishbel Holmes takes us from her challenging upbringing on a journey through Turkey and Syria overcoming every barrier put in her way with Lucy the street dog by her side. Described as a “modern fable that touches the soul and reminds us all of the need to belong”.

The Big Women on Wheels Book

Loretta Henderson

A collection of the 100 craziest and most inspiring stories from the Women on Wheels Collective. Made up of 245+ solo female cyclists from every corner of the globe, the group is a network for likeminded women doing their own thing solo but sharing their adventures together. It has a bit of everything from safety tips to kit advice and a whole host of inspiration in between.

This Road I Ride – My incredible journey from novice to fastest woman to cycle the globethis road i ride

Juliana Buhring

Another one that has managed to garner the attention of the male-focused blog writers, Julia Buhring’s is regularly featured as one of the best cycling books out there. A story of overcoming and the depths of depression to take on a challenge of a lifetime, Julia lets us experience the ups and downs of her journey to be the first woman to circumnavigate the world by bike.

Eat, Sleep, Cycle – A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain

Anna Hughes

Miles and miles of cycling along spectacular coastline and lots and lots of fish and chips is enough to get anyone into cycle touring right? Be inspired by Anna Hughes’ journey battling through the pain and hardship to explore every inch of the British Coastline and meet her deadlines! A light hearted take on a challenging journey.

The Carbon Cycle – Crossing the Great Divide

the carbon cycleKate Roules

A wonderful juxtaposition of environmental issues alongside a cycling adventure and humorous anecdotes. Kate Roules does not pretend to be tough and brave but instead is honest and realistic as you go on this journey of discovery at her side. She faces extreme condition, amazing landscapes and meets interesting people on her 4,500 mile journey of discovery along the Rocky Mountains from Texas to Alaska.


Into the North Wind – A Thousand-Mile Bicycle Adventure Across Frozen Alaska

Jill Homer

Described as an ‘accidental athlete’ Jill Horner had every reason to turn back and drop her incredible plan to follow the Iditarod Trail across frozen Alaska. She faced all manner of challenges in the run up to the event but her ‘take each day at a time’ mantra got her through and she tells this story of epic adventure as if you were sitting around the fire with her. A real inspirational read.

Keep the Sea to the Right

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A wonderful journey around the Baltic Sea by Jenny Tough with historic details, beautiful beaches, interesting characters and the consumption of a lot of coffee! Jenny’s 3800km trip inspires you to appreciate the sights along the way rather than ticking off the miles and has already encouraged many a soul to give solo adventuring by bike a try.

Dodging Elephants

Alice Morrison

Our final book takes us to on a whirlwind adventure from Cairo to Cape Town, cycling 8000 miles in the longest bike race on earth. In an escape from the corporate world, Alice Morrison signed up for this epic endurance race across a continent. Through her book we experience the highs and lows from desert to savanna, featuring elephant charges, armed bandits and a sprinkling of humour throughout. One to inspire us ordinary folk that it is possible even for us to take on huge adventures.