A British man who lives in south western France is pedalling 600 kilometres to Westminster deliver a 15,000-signature petition against Brexit to Prime Minister Theresa May.
Mr Hearn, who lives in the Charente department in France's Nouvelle Aquitaine region, started the petition because he says that voters were not provided with accurate information ahead of last year’s vote to enable them to make an informed decision.
He also believes that the views of many voters may have changed during the intervening 15 months, and that MPs should be allowed to have a free vote about whether to proceed with Brexit.
“Everyone in the UK and UK nationals living in other EU countries will be affected if Brexit continues in the current political atmosphere,” he wrote on the petition's page.= on Change.org.
Speaking to Connexion France before heading off on his ride, he said: “I have received support for my cycle ride from many people in France and I will be meeting a few of them as I cycle north.
“I included quite a lot of text with my petition to explain my motivation and concerns – why a 57-year-old, 97kg, bloke who has never done anything political in his life feels he has to raise a petition and then get on his bike to bring more attention to it.”
He is due to arrive in Westminster on Friday.
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.