The Travel Rider: In conversation with Tim Moore
Co-organised by the British Council and Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Date: Saturday, 22 July 2017
Time: 18.00- 19.30
Venue: Room S222-223, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai
Speaker: Tim Moore (United Kingdom)
Moderator: Antony J. Chan, British Council, Hong Kong
Conducted in English
Free admission. Register HERE
From a vintage Rolls-Royce to a donkey, British travel writer Tim Moore has explored the full spectrum of transport options in his quest for adventure and a good story. Yet it’s the humble bicycle that has served him best, providing the basis for three of his books – including the most recent, in which he rode down the entire 9,000km length of the former Iron Curtain, on an old East German shopping bike. What is it about this everyman conveyance that lends itself to such grandiose undertakings, and the telling of a good tale? And what is it about Tim Moore that keeps luring him back to the long-distance saddle, in defiance of every voice of reason and the ageing process?
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About the Writer
Tim Moore is the author of nine travelogues, two of which have been serialised for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, and was named Travel Writer of the Year at the 2004 UK Press Awards. He has walked 500 miles across Spain with only a donkey for company (Spanish Steps), roamed the continent from Liverpool to Lisbon to track down the Eurovision contestants who suffered the entertainment world's prime humiliation (Nul Points), sort-of conquered the Tour de France on a diet of ProPlus (caffeine tablets) and rosé wine (French Revolutions), and ridden the 3,200km route of the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia, handicapped by a century-old, wooden-wheeled bicycle and an unbelievably daft period outfit (Gironimo!). Most recently, in defiance of the ageing process and every pleading dictate of basic reason, he undertook a cycling odyssey more ambitious – and more silly – than both of those combined, riding 8,500km from the Arctic to the Black Sea on an East German shopping bike. Somehow, he still lives in London.