Simon Parker - A Ride Across America : Small Towns, Big Issues and One Epic Adventure

A Ride Across America: Countdown to the 2024 Presidential Election
As the USA heads to the polls, join award-winning travel writer, public speaker, and filmmaker Simon Parker for a night of adventure, as he chats with fellow cyclist Michael Broadwith.

In the build-up to the 2024 US Presidential Election, Simon embarked upon a 4,327-mile cycling journey through 11 states, meeting hundreds of fascinating Americans along the way. His aim? To better understand America, its people, politics, and problems. All seen at the gentle pace of a bicycle.
Date Monday 24th June 2024
Time 7:30 PM
Doors Open 7:00 PM
Venue Our Bookshop
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ride across america front cover FINAL - Copy.pngA Ride Across America follows award-winning travel writer Simon Parker's 10-week, 10mph journey, cycling 4,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. In the leadup to the 2024 US presidential election - arguably the most divisive in the country's history - Simon meets hundreds of ordinary Americans in Democrat, Republican and swing states via cities and small towns, rainforests and deserts, prairies and mountains. He has just one aim: to find the real America.


Simon Parker is a British travel writer, author, filmmaker, public speaker and broadcast journalist, working across a wide range of themes and subjects. If it involves travel, intriguing people and an untold story, then Simon is interested.

He's interviewed sports stars, politicians and celebrities, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Virat Kohli, and reported on stories as diverse as product shortages in Venezuela, the ‘migrant crisis’ in Greece and social inequality in the barrios of Northern Colombia. He's paraglided solo through the Andes, hiked Bali’s highest volcanoes and driven a rickshaw the length of India.

In 2016 he sailed and cycled from China to London in 133 days, for a Telegraph series and BBC World Service documentary.

His first book, Riding Out, was published in April 2022 – it charts a 3,427 mile journey around “Pandemic Britain”. His award-winning TV travel series, Earth Cycle, has been distributed in 20+ countries globally and can be found on Amazon Prime, FOX Australia and YouTube.

Simon has reported from over 100 countries in the past decade – from Bhutan and French Polynesia to Hawaii and Namibia, via Svalbard, Greenland and Saint Helena.