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Lost Lanes Wales: book launch events

I’ll be doing some book talk events to mark the launch of Lost Lanes Wales: 36 Glorious Bike Rides in Wales and the Borders. Come along, say hello, buy a book: Thursday 10th September. The Station Hotel, Abergavenny NP7 5UH. 6.30pm-9pm. Real ale and traditional pub snacks. Free. Wednesday 16th September. Rossiter’s bookshop, Ross-on-Wye. Bike […]

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Really Useful Bikes at the Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show

Bespoked, the UK’s Handmade Bicycle Show is Britain’s biggest annual showcase for custom bike builders. It’s full to the rafters of beautiful bikes but Jack Thurston went in search of the most useful bikes at the show, from an off-road porteur to a separable road bike to a childback tandem in titanium.

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Tour de France: Rest Day Review with Simon Warren

It’s the end of the second week of this year’s Tour de France, just time for us – and the riders – to catch our breaths before the final week and the showdown in the Alps. Joining Jack Thurston for this Rest Day Review is Simon Warren, a man who knows cycling’s great ups and […]

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Tour de France: Rest Day Review with Edward Pickering

After eight varied and exciting days of bike racing, the riders in the Tour de France take a well-earned rest day. Cycling journalist and author Edward Pickering has been following the race and is on hand to review the first week and look ahead to how the race will unfold as the road heads uphill […]

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Tour de France preview with Guy Andrews

With just a few days until the start of the 2015 Tour de France, cycling author, journalist and photographer Guy Andrews joins Jack Thurston to look forward to one of the most eagerly anticipated grand tours in decades. With four strong contenders and an action-packed parcours, the race promises three weeks of bike racing excitement.

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Put Me Back On The Trike

Three months and 17,000 miles into his attempt to break the longest-standing record in cycling, Steve Abraham suffered a road crash with a moped, leaving him with two broken bones in his ankle. We hear more from Steve as well as from some of his many well-wishers.

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Bike Boom? What Bike Boom?

Bike sales are up, cycling is all over newspapers and magazines. We in Britain are in the middle of a bonafide bike boom. So says veteran cycling journalist Carlton Reid, who’s writing a book about the bike boom, that’s called, imaginatively, “Bike Boom”. But fellow long-in-the-tooth cycling journalist John Stevenson of Road.CC disagrees. Cycling in Britain is far from booming, it’s flat-lining. The pair lock horns on air, joining host Jack Thurston to debate the bike boom.

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The Listeners’ Hour Explained

listen to ‘The Bike Show Listeners Hour Challenge – explained’ on audioBoom   As described in this week’s podcast, the Listener’s Hour is a cycling challenge open to all listeners to The Bike Show. And the challenge is this: to ride your bike for one hour and in that time, to travel further than 35.325km. […]

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How to Ride Your Bike Faster

With the recent reawakening of interest in the Hour Record, host Jack Thurston is joined by Michael Hutchinson, a professional bike racer who has dominated the UK time trialling scene for more than a decade, setting national records for distances from 10 miles to 100 miles. He’s also an accomplished writer and his latest book Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists documents with forensic detail and wry humour his career-long quest to ride his bicycle very, very fast.

Jack and Michael also reveal the Listeners’ Hour Challenge.

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Cycling and Modernity in 1930s London

Historians often regard the defining events of the 1930s as the Great Depression and the march towards the second world war. Yet the decade also saw something of a consumer boom, at least among well-to-do inhabiting the suburbs of London and the south east. Historian Dr John Law of the University of Westminster joins Jack Thurston to share his research into the a new suburban lifestyles of the interwar years, including the dramatic increase in private, personal mobility though the use of cars, motorcycles and bicycles. They discuss how these new transport technologies shaped London and Londoners and how drivers and cyclists fought for the right to the road.

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A Year on Two Wheels

It’s the toughest and longest standing record in cycling. Only a handful of people have attempted to break the record Tommy Godwin set in 1939 for the greatest distance ridden on a bike in one year. But this year two extraordinary cyclists are having a crack at it. In an in-depth interview with British long distance legend Steve Abraham, who is already almost six weeks into his record attempt, Jack Thurston finds out what kind of person takes on the challenge of riding an average of 205 miles for 365 days in a row. Author Dave Barter is on hand to put the year record in historical and sporting context.

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