The Tale Of Maximilian J. St. George, Who Cycled All Over Europe In The Early 1900’s – Cycling Europe Podcast

mm2This episode of the podcast is going to be slightly different. Rather than talking to a current cyclist, I’m going to be investigating the life of a cyclist from the past. You’ve probably never heard his name before and you’re even less likely to have heard his story. He was a German-born American called Maximilian J. St. George. His story is told via extracts from his book, Traveling Light or Cycling Europe on Fifty Cents a Day read by the actor Jeremy Walker with contributions from the historian Dr James Stout, the cycling writer Michael Hutchinson and two Romanian long-distance cyclists Lehel Benedek and Elod Keresszegi. It’s an epic take of an epic cycling journey from over 100 years ago by the original Mr. Cycling Europe…

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andrew p sykesThe host of the podcast was Andrew P. Sykes, he is a writer and cyclist. He is also a lover of those quirky, humorous travelogues that meander comically from one minor adventure to the next. So writing about a long-distance cycling trip across Europe from southern England to southern Italy seemed the natural thing for him to do once his small-time odyssey was over. The result was ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie‘.

In 2013, he embarked upon a second trip from Greece to Portugal following the Mediterranean coast; ‘Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie‘ was published in 2014.

A third trip was completed in 2015 from the southern tip of Spain to the northernmost point of Norway. The book, ‘Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie‘, was published by Summersdale in spring 2017.

Andrew has now returned to his northern roots and lives in the beautiful Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, the area where he was born and brought up. He currently mixes teaching with writing and, of course, dreaming of the next long journey.

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