What's it all about?

In Summer 2009, Andy Allsopp participated in LEL: A 1400km international ultra marathon cycling event, played out between the capital cities of England and Scotland.

In early 2010, a record of his attempt was published as a paperback, now made available through Amazon UK (and US), or worldwide through LULU.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Non cyclist perspective

The book has been getting great reviews from the cycling community, and its all very encouraging.

Today, I got my first feedback from a non-cyclist, and am pleased to note she also got something from it.

"An amazing ride. A brilliant read. You do not have to be remotely interested in cycling to enjoy this great book. If you have a bike in the garage it is a must."

Perhaps she'll take even the bike out of the garage when the weather warms up! :)

Thanks again for all your support.

Monday, 22 February 2010

game changer

Well, just had an email from my father to say how proud he is of my book. Sounds daft, but I hadn't realised until then just how much this matters to me.

Note to self: Always tell Ted how proud I am of him.

Sunday, 21 February 2010


Well, just received about the biggest positive feedback I could hope for, with a bunch of likeminded souls signing up for the 2013 LEL, seemingly on the back of Barring Mechanicals.

Watch the activity unfold over at cyclechat in these threads:


Oh goodness. Thanks!

Friday, 19 February 2010

Review from VantageCreative

Nice review from 'vantagecreative' today, saying

If you haven't the time or energy to ride a bike from London to Edinburgh and back, 'Barring Mechanicals' can do it for you.

Andy's account is manic stuff written in a style that captures the 'race' up to Edinburgh and back and the people he meets on the way. If you like 'against the odds' surreal humour this is a great read. I found myself drawn in and cheering him on. This is a race against the clock and the book paces it very well.

Sleep deprivation... Strange food... Scottish water torture... it's all there.

Also great graphics that lets you follow his progress and set backs.

Thanks friend!

Monday, 15 February 2010


Sold my first (digital) copy of Barring Mechanicals to The States today. Looks like this is getting legs!

Thanks all!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

In the wild

Well, the book has finally been seen 'in the wild' with copies being bought by people outside of my immediate family.

Lulu doesn't have an option for "exclude copies bought by the author's mother" but it looks like its selling pretty well. Looking forward to hearing how people get on with it.