In my opinion, there is a huge gap in the world of cycling literature. We have hundreds of different magazines about road cycling, dozens of mountain biking magazines, a few for BMXers and track cycling, but what about the type of riding that I love most of all, cycle touring? Cycle touring is using the bicycle for what it was designed for, getting from A to B. 

Let’s face it, none of us are ever going to be the next Chris Froome, Steve Peat’s skills on a downhill bike are not from this planet, and the things that Danny Macaskill can do on a trials bike are simply ridiculous. Cyclists idolise these people, and rightly so; but what about Alistair Humphreys, Mark Beaumont and that guy Bob from down the road, who just cycled to Australia. The achievements of cycle tourists are not often looked at in the same light as other cycling disciplines, but frankly, we don’t care. That isn’t what it’s about. You can put together a touring bike for £500, set off from your front door, and a few weeks/months later, you could be anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be superhuman to do so! 

ACTJ is here to give people a platform to share their experiences on a touring bike. They’ll be articles about superhuman efforts, about crossing towering mountain ranges and vast sweltering deserts. They’ll also be articles about a weekend trip to Scotland and about someone’s first experience of cycle touring. We’ll pack in loads of advice, gear reviews, mechanical tips, recipes from the road, ideas for trips, routes and lots more. Photographs can often communicate more about a place than words, so throughout the ATCJ, you’ll see great quality photography illustrating our articles. 

Issue 1 is currently in production, and we're looking for contributors. If you'd like to submit an article for entry in ACTJ then you can do so below. There aren't many requirements for articles, they'll be edited before being published and be made to look beautiful (see the preview below). All we need is an article that is linked to cycle touring or bikepacking between 2 and 8 pages long (about 400 words per page). A weekend tour is just as interesting to us as a four year long expedition. Photos are important to us to help tell our stories so we'll be including beautiful photos from around the world. If you're interested in contributing in exchange for a free printed copy of Issue 1, please email us your article, your ideas, trip plans or anything else to::

PREVIEW OF ISSUE 1 - Into the desert article

An illustrated extract from my book; Every Inch of the Way followed by advice on heading east from Azerbaijan

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Please let me know what you think about this idea and let me know if you'd like to contribute.