Chaired by Rocco Forte, speakers include Bella Bathurst, Will Self and Graeme Obree

Intelligence Squared – or, as they put it, Intelligence² - which bills itself as “the world’s premier debating forum” and whose past speakers include Richard Dawkins, Damien Hirst and Stephen Fry, will be holding a Cycling Festival on the evening of Thursday 8 September.

Chaired by hotelier and cycling enthusiast Rocco Forte, the evening brings together Bella Bathurst, author of The Bicycle Book, novelist, Geoff Dyer, London School of Cycling founder Patrick Field, writer Will Self and, someone who needs no introduction to fans of cycling, Graeme Obree.

Tickets for the event, at the Royal Geographical Society on Kensington Road, cost £15 or £10 for students. Full details of the event, which starts at 6.45pm and finishes at 8.30pm, can be found on the Intelligence Squared website, which will also be streaming the event for free on the evening itself.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.