Film-maker travels the world by bike in search of untold stories



'The Cycling Reporter’ Leon McCarron has now got his 7,000-mile journey in search of unheard voices across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia under way, and we’re delighted to bring you the first instalment of what will be a regular and v-log from the young film-maker here on road.cc.

In his first report filed for us, Leon, who hails from Northern Ireland and is a graduate of the University of Kent, Canterbury, where he studied film, talks about his planned itinerary and explains how he hopes his film-making can help give a voice to people whose stories may never otherwise be shared, and particularly those who have suffered injustice.

There’s much more on Leon’s own website, which you’ll find here, which includes his blog describing the first few weeks of his expedition, which he is undertaking on a Santos Travelmaster, the same as James Bowthorpe used on his round-the world circumnavigation last year.

Although initially Leon planned to finish his travels in Australia, as the project has evolved, he has begun thinking about extending it into South-East Asia and possibly a fully-fledged round-the-world trip, and of course we will be bringing you his regular updates here on road.cc.


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.