Where There's a Will by Emily Chappell
In 2015 Emily Chappell embarked on a formidable new bike race: The Transcontinental.
4,000km across Europe, unassisted, in the shortest time possible.
On her first attempt she made it only halfway, waking up suddenly on her back in a field, floored by the physical and mental exertion.
A year later she entered the race again - and won.
Where There's a Will takes us into Emily Chappell's race, grinding up mountain passes and charging down the other side; snatching twenty minutes' sleep on the outskirts of a village before jumping back on the bike to surge ahead for another day; feeding in bursts and navigating on the go. We experience the crippling self-doubt of the ultra distance racer, the confusing intensity of winning and the desperation of losing a dear friend who understood all of this.
Shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Non-Fiction Award 2020
'Chappell is a gifted storyteller' - Observer
'Emily Chappell is one of the most inspiring athletes on the planet. Humble, tender and alive with unimaginable grit, this book makes us see just how much is possible.' - Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand and Everyone Brave is Forgiven
'Her descriptions of what goes on in a rider's head in the middle of a race are on a par with Tim Krabbé. Lyrical writing and compelling reading - a real treat.' - Isabel Best, author of Queens of Pain
'A first class cyclist and an even better writer' - Robert Penn, author of It's All About the Bike