Simon O’Hagan works on the radio desk of Radio Times magazine. He spent most of the 1980s on the sports desk of The Times, and from 1990 to 2016 as an editor and writer on The Independent in sport, arts, features, and comment; his last job there was Editor of its Saturday Magazine. He took up cycling in the late 1990s and has ridden half a dozen Etapes (the amateur stage of the Tour de France), always finishing towards the back of the field and on one occasion not finishing at all.