A Midlife Cyclist

My two-wheel journey to heal a broken mind and find joy
Rachel Ann Cullen
'Inspiring... proves anything is possible if you just believe and give it a go' Sun
'Masses of heart... frank and funny' Melanie Sykes
'Gritty and glorious' Ruth Field
'Thrillingly honest and hopeful' Jools Walker


Rachel is a cyclist. But she was never meant to be.

After gaining mental strength and healing through running, she thought she was free. Her depression alleviated, she came off antidepressants, winning races and collecting medals at marathons.

But when an injury stopped the only thing helping to quiet the voices in her brain, Rachel found out what she is truly made of. As body dysmorphia began to grip her in earnest, she knew she had to find a different way to kick her mental health demons for the sake of her sanity.

So, she went down to her cellar, heaved out her old bike, and started pedalling.

Like her life depended on it.

A Midlife Cyclist is a tale of two wheels, across the Yorkshire Dales, Vietnam,­ Costa Rica and beyond, and a rider in search of peace.

Includes exclusive Q&A with Jools Walker, aka Lady Velo


Praise for Running For My Life:
'Heartwarming' Jo Pavey
'Brave and inspiring' Ruth Field
'I love Running For My Life' Louise Minchin

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More about Rachel Ann Cullen

Rachel Cullen is a writer, blogger, author and runner. She is also a reformed ex-commercial litigation solicitor. Amongst other things, she has abseiled off Table Mountain, jumped out of a plane at 11,000ft, climbed Mount Fuji, worked on a game reserve in South Africa, qualified as a scuba diver and ridden an ostrich. This is her first book, detailing her very personal journey from bipolar non-runner to medal-winning marathon runner - and how she discovered happiness along the way.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @writtenbyrach and read her blog at rachelcullenwrites.co.uk - she would love to hear from you.