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Latest VeloPress book features woman who biked across Turkey with an adopted street dog

Published October 29, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Ishbel Rose Holmes is lost and alone when she sets out to cycle the world. A former track cyclist with the Iranian National Women's Team, Ishbel takes to the road, both seeking adventure and hoping to escape the ghosts of a troubled past. But as she pedals solo across Turkey, an injured street dog crosses her path and changes her life forever.

In her debut book, Saving Lucy: A Girl, a Bike, a Street Dog, Holmes tells the true story of her adventure by bike to save a dog. Saving Lucy is available now in bookstores and online. See preview content at

Attaching a ramshackle crate to the front of her bike and then later a trailer behind her bike, Ishbel bikes Lucy over 1,000 miles to the Syrian border. The two encounter a variety of environments and people along the way, and their story is one of unconditional love and healing as Ishbel realizes the dog she is trying to save is actually saving her.

The paperback with 8-page full-color photo section retails for $18.95.

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