This book is unashamedly written with love for the mamil. The mamil dreams of the romance of the great pro races such as Paris-Roubaix plus weekends away in Italy and up Mont Ventoux in France, not to mention the stunning routes in Wales and Scotland. He wants to walk back into work on Monday morning, cycling shoes click-clacking across the floor and announce with a flourish: "This time yesterday morning, I was half-way up Alpe d'Huez." Taking in 12 cycling challenges, one a month for a year, across Britain and northern and southern Europe, this beautiful book chronicles the experiences of two mamils and looks at what it takes to tackle some of the most iconic events in cycling. With breathtaking photography and lively text that conveys exactly how it feels to be by turns frozen, baked, lost, exhausted but utterly exhilarated and inspired this is a book that will resonate with any aspiring road rat.