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British adventurer to recount epic cycling journey around the UK at Beverley
2022-03-29 10:26:00
A British travel writer and adventurer is kicking off in Beverley a new live show touring the UK which will recount the highs and lows of his 3,427 mile cycling tour of the UK during the pandemic. Simon Parker's show Riding Out, will intermix high quality films, audio mixes, reading and personal anecdotes of his journey on two wheels through Britain. Via the encounters with the hundreds of Britons he met along the way, including fishermen, farmers and musicians, an inspiring picture emerges of Britain bouncing back from the traumas and turmoil of the global pandemic. He also shares how the journey helped him overcome struggles with his mental health. Read more: Foreign Office issues eight steps for holidaymakers to follow when travelling abroad this year Simon Parker, 34, spoke to Hull Live on the phone from Cape Town, South Africa, about his cycling journey around Britain: “The show is a multi-media portrayal of my three-and-a-half thousand mile journey around pandemic Britain. The aim is to be quite thoughtful and upbeat.” Describing the show as a “reflective look back on a challenging time”, Simon explained why he chose to cycle around the UK, which took place in 2020 and 2021 after the last national lockdown: “In March 2020, I really felt like my life was on the crest of a wave. “Everything was going so well for me. I think the real pinnacle of my career was when I had a one-to-one interview with Roger Federer in February. When the pandemic started to affect, basically my career and my life seemed to be falling off a cliff.” Simon's mental health declined and was further hit by an unexpected personal loss: “Adding to that, an old friend of mine died suddenly.” Simon Parker at Land's End, Cornwall on his cycling journey across Britain. During the journey he visited 55 counties. (Image: Simon Parker) “I had an existential crisis like many in Britain. Rather than staying at home and wallowing in self-pity, I decided to take the extreme tactic to travel around Britain and see if I could come out a stronger individual.” He planned at first to travel from Land's End to John O'Groats, but decided to make the journey more interesting and instead visit the most far south and north points of Britain, Shetland and the Scilly Isles. The trip began in Shetland and Orkney. “When I arrived back on mainland Scotland, I actually didn't known whether I'd turn left or right. I turned west purely because of the weather as I didn't fancy cycling in winds on the East Coast of 30 to 40 miles per hour.” The second national lockdown in Autumn 2020 cut short his travels but Simon resumed the journey in Spring 2021 after the last national lockdown: “When I came out of that, I felt like my journey was only half finished.” Simon said the trip had helped him personally: “I managed to come to terms with the situation.” “It was all a bit of a gamble. Looking back on it, I'm really glad I did it.” Simon's cycling journey around Britain is far from the first extraordinary travel adventure he's been on. In 2016, he sailed and cycled 15,000 miles from China to London for the BBC, and more recently, he travelled more than 2,000 miles across Scandinavia for Amazon tv series, Earth Cycle. He has visited more than half the countries in the world and as seen in the picture, scaled the heights of the Andes in South America. (Image: Simon Parker) He travelled through Lincolnshire, Hull and East Yorkshire on part of the trip: “I headed north from Skegness, travelled through the Lincolnshire Wolds, crossed over the Humber Bridge and cycled right through the middle of Hull.” Hornsea and Bridlington were two of the locations on the East Yorkshire coast he also visited. “I think if there was one part of Britain that surprised me the most, it was the north east coast of England, that stretch between the Lincolnshire Wolds, Humberside and up to the North York Moors and Scarborough. Some of the beaches up in the north east were stunningly beautiful.” He travelled the 3,427 miles through 55 counties of Britain on a titanium bicycle worth about £2,000 which he had received for a tv show a few years before, and camped for about half the journey. A book, 'Riding Out', is coming out along with Simon Parker's tour, and will also detail the journey of discovery that Simon went through on his cycling travels across the UK. (Image: Simon Parker) The cycling journey was not his first thrilling travel adventure. A BBC broadcast journalist from 2010 and now a travel writer, Simon has driven the length of India in a rickshaw, sailed and cycled 15,000 miles from China to London in 2016 and paraglided solo over the Andes. In 2019, he presented Amazon tv series Earth Cycle, cycling for six weeks across Scandinavia exploring the changing seasons. His thirst for adventure remains undimmed – there is a break in his tour schedule when Simon will travel to the source of the Zambezi River, uncovering conservation efforts along the way. A book about his cycling experiences around Britain, Riding Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and New Beginnings, is due to come out in shops in April. Punters to the Beverley show will have the opportunity to buy a signed copy directly from Simon before it is out on general release. Tickets for Simon Parker's show at Beverley East Riding Theatre on March 30 cost £15 and more information about the event can be found on the theatre's website here. He will also visit Grimsby Central Hall on July 13. To find out more about Simon Parker's journalism, other travel adventures and the other tour dates for his show, follow the link here. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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