Josie Dew

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Josie Dew is an English touring cyclist, author and cook. Although a caterer by profession she frequently takes long cycle trips (such as circumnavigating Britain or Japan – or crossing the Sahara on her bicycle whilst suffering kidney problems) and then writes a humorous travelogue detailing her experiences. She lives near Portsmouth, England.She has 2 daughters called Molly and Daisy and a son called Jack.

In Cycling Plus in 1999, she said:

She began to use cooking to pay for her cycling trips at the age of 15 and by 17 it had paid for her first significant trip, around the coast of Britain, inspired by a tour of the Isle of Wight when she was 10. By September 2005, she had cycled through 48 countries.[2]

She crossed Europe with her boyfriend, which led to her first writing success, Wind in my Wheels. After her boyfriend was injured in a crash she began travelling alone, which she prefers,[3] despite those who find it strange.[4]

In March 2007, Long Cloud Ride, her book about New Zealand, was selected among the top 10 writer's reads by Geographical.[5]


  • The Wind in My Wheels: Travel Tales from the Saddle (1992)
  • Travels in a Strange State: Cycling Across the U.S.A. (1994)
  • A Ride in the Neon Sun: A Gaijin in Japan (1999)
  • The Sun in My Eyes: Two-Wheeling East (2001)
  • Slow Coast Home: 5,000 Miles Around the Shores of England and Wales (2003)
  • Saddled at Sea: A 15,000-mile journey to New Zealand by Russian freighter (2006)
  • A Long Cloud Ride: A Cycling Adventure Across New Zealand (2007)


  1. ^ a b Cycling Plus, UK, 1999
  2. ^ Maureen Ellis (22 September 2005). "Brief Encounter with Josie Dew". Evening Times. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  3. ^ Andrew Purcell (11 April 1999). "Passport Josie Dew". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  4. ^ Derek Davies (14 June 2001). "Japan: Eastern Challenge on Two Wheels". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Top 10 Writer's Reads". Geographical. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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