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Andrew P. Sykes is an author & teacher.
In 2010 he cycled to southern Italy from his home in southern England. The journey was the inspiration for the popular cycling travelogue Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie (ISBN: 978-1849142137). He also writes and edits the cycling-themed website CyclingEurope.org.
Andrew P. Sykes was born and grew up in the small town of Elland in the foothills of the Pennines in West Yorkshire. He studied for a degree in mathematics at the University of York and immediately after graduation went to work in London for a firm of city accountants. The world of auditing was not however for him and in 1993 he left the U.K to go and work in France, initially in the tourist industry and then for four years teaching English in the Loire Valley city of Tours. He returned to the U.K. in 1999 to train as a secondary school teacher of French at the University of Reading. He still lives in the town and can currently be found working as the Head of Modern Languages at a secondary school in South Oxfordshire.