Where There's a Will by Emily Chappell

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

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