Robert Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter and cyclist. He’s ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life, in over fifty countries on five continents. In his late-twenties, he cycled round the world.
In September 2013, he cycled part of the Trans-Amazonian Highway with Freddie Flintoff, to make a documentary series for Sky TV.
His latest book It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels (‘Gem of a book’ – Economist) is published by Penguin Press in the UK. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. The book has been translated into eleven languages.
In 2012, Robert presented Tales from the Wild Wood, a six-part series for BBC4 about British Woodlands.
Robert is currently writing Touch Wood: the story of the ash tree, to be published by Penguin in 2014.
As a journalist, Robert writes for the The Observer, Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller, as well as a host of cycling publications. He writes a column for Cycling Plus and Tree News.