: 12 Months in the Saddle - The Story of How Two Cyclists Tackled a Dozen Epic Rides. 2013 is witnessing another year in cycling's inexorable rise. What with 2012 Tour de France and the London Olympics catapulting Bradley Wiggins and several British track stars into limelight, a million 'mamils' (middle aged men in lycra) will be swooping up and down the country lanes of Britain and Europe every Sunday morning. This book is 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 France, not to mention the home-grown routes in Wales and Scotland. He wants to walk back into work on Monday morning 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, northern and southern Europe, this is a beautiful book chronicling the experiences of two mamils. It looks at what it takes to tackle some of the most iconic events in cycling. With breath taking photography and lively text, the authors manage to convey exactly how it feels to be by turns frozen, baked, lost, exhausted but always utterly exhilarated and inspired.