My journalistic career started in 2004 when I moved to Paris following graduation from university for a job on Eurosport's new English-language website. An interest in snowboarding and the Tour de France was enough for me to be made the winter sports and cycling editor – a position I carried out for 15 months before returning to the UK.
In London I worked on the foreign desk of The Observer and freelanced with numerous websites until enrolling at City University for a newspaper journalism course. During the diploma I did work experience at a range of national and local papers, including the Times, South London Press, the Richmond and Twickenham Times, the Salisbury Journal and the Western Gazette. On graduation I worked at the Telegraph for over a year, primarily on the news and business desk. Highlights at the Telegraph included interviewing a Russian pop diva in Moscow, visiting diamond mines in Siberia and Botswana and being on the business desk during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09.
In 2010 I took a job at the arts and entertainment website LondonTown.com where I primarily covered theatre, music, sport, comedy, nightlife and restaurants. I wrote the monthly Nelson's Column and my own regular London Lowedown blog. After two years I left to go freelance full time. Throughout my previous staff jobs I had kept up my cycling writing for Eurosport, working weekends, taking time off to cover the Grand Tours and writing the weekly Blazin' Saddles blog.
While based in Australia for seven months in 2011/12 I covered my first race – the Tour Down Under – and picked up another column, for the Australian sports opinion website The Roar. Having already done some work for CycleSport in the past, I produced a 10-page race diary for the Tour Down Under, complete with my own photos. During my time in Australia I also used my photography for a number of travel pieces and slideshows for Telegraph.co.uk, Wild Junket and Yahoo Total Travel.
Meanwhile, my relationship with LondonTown continued. I co-edited a printed events guide to 2012 and edited the website's London 2012 Olympics pages. Once back in the UK, I covered the Summer Games for Yahoo while returning to front Eurosport's cycling coverage over the summer. I also decided to take up cycling myself in order to write a monthly column for Cyclist magazine. The learning curve for my Last Gasp column was pretty steep, and involved training in the rain, undergoing gruelling physiology tests, shaving my legs and riding mythical climbs abroad.
At Cyclist I have been given the opportunity to write numerous features, sportive reviews and profile pieces on top of my regular column. Sportives include the Time-Megève, the Ariégeoise and the Haute Route; my features cover a range of topics from Race Tactics to Filming the Tour de France, WADA's Banned List and the Unwritten Rules of Cycling; the stand-out profile I have written was on triple Tour winner Greg LeMond. Once my transformation from writer to rider was crowned by my epic grand tour from Barcelona to Rome, the focus of my monthly column shifted from my own pedalling misdemeanours to the riding antics of the pro peloton, taking a topical issue each month and discussing it informatively and entertainingly. As of January 2016 I have written 46 columns to date for Cyclist – not bad for a cycling writer whose very hiring was put into doubt following the revelation that he didn't actually ride a bike.
On top of Cyclist, CycleSport, Eurosport and The Roar, since turning freelance I have written for Cyclingtips, Cyclingnews and Outdoor Fitness. Outside the pro cycling scene, I have contributed to a range of publications and websites including Telegraph.co.uk, The Guardian, Vertu, Brummell, ES Magazine and CNBC European Business. During the cycling off-season in 2012 I co-edited and co-wrote LondonTown's 244-page events guide to 2013, covering pretty much anything from the capital's biggest entertainment venues to the portrayal of London in the novels of Charles Dickens. Recent large projects include translating and adapting an illustrated children's book from French into English (My Zebra Book – The Talent Book) and contributing a chapter to the Cycling Anthology.
In the past few years I have branched out into broadcast journalism. During the Centenary Tour de France of 2013 I was a cycling pundit at the English-language arm of the rolling news channel France 24. I have interviewed the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins for Eurosport TV and hosted a daily social media bulletin called Bonjour Le Tour in July 2015.