LONDON Dave Penny, managing director of Peak Test Services, has revealed a hitherto hidden literary talent by writing and publishing an informative cycling book entitled 'Fifty of Northumbria's cyclist friendly tearooms'.
In the 130-page book with 20 photos Penny gives ideas for 50 cycle ride destinations starting from Chester-le-Street, with round-trip distances ranging from 30 to 100 miles.
Local information and history are given for each venue, and the book is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes relating to the author's own rides to each venue and stories of famous annual cycle races in the North-East, some of which are no longer held. The period covered is from 1960 to 2005, with photographs from 1938.
Penny's book is available from the author and at several cycle shops around the North-East as well as most of the tearooms featured and Durham County libraries.