Like almost everyone else, I started riding bike as a child at primary school. And I’ve never stopped. Growing up in London, I first got a taste for exploring the countryside by bike on weekend trips into Hertfordshire, taking the train out and back with friends, eventually starting a sixth form cycling club. Since then I’ve cycle toured extensively in Britain and in France.
I wrote the first Lost Lanes cycling guidebook in 2012, a collection of my favourite day rides within easy striking distance of London. In 2013 I moved to Abergavenny in south-east Wales and my next book was about the lost lanes of Wales and the Marches. Then came the West Country and most recently the North of England.
I’ve written about cycling for national newspapers like The Guardian, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and most of the cycling press including early editions of Rouleur magazine, Cycling Plus, Cycle, BikesETC and more. Since 2004 I’ve presented The Bike Show, for a decade a weekly radio show on art radio station Resonance FM in London and now as a podcast. I am a member of Abergavenny Road Club, Cycling UK and the Rough Stuff Fellowship. I’m chair of Abergavenny Cycle Group, a charity which campaigns for better conditions for cycling in my local area.