24 July 2006: Remembering Major Taylor – the fastest man on the planet

In this week’s show we remember ‘Major’ Marshall Taylor, a world champion cyclist from the 1890s and the first black American sports superstar. Kieron Yates talks about Major Taylor’s life with Lynne Tolman of the Major Taylor Association. We also ride the 2006 Etape Du Tour with Alex Murray.

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17 July 2006: Le Tour down le pub

This week’s show is a Tour De France special recorded at the Charles Lamb pub in north London. The Charles Lamb is one of the few places in London that is showing Le Tour this year. I am joined by Therese Bjorn, a former European Bicycle Messenger Champion and Matt Seaton, cycling correspondent at The Guardian newspaper. We watch the big Pyrenean stage of this year’s Tour, which features the legendary Col Du Tourmalet. Insightful commentary is interspersed with food, drinks and cheery French chanson on the 45s.

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10 July 2006: The Hour Record with Michael Hutchinson

This week the Bike Show is in the presence of time trial greatness and (almost) sporting immortality. Michael Hutchinson has just written a book about his recent attempt to enter the pantheon of cycling legend by breaking the record for how far you can ride in an hour. The Hour: Sporting Immortality the Hard Way is both an informative history of the hour record itself and an entertaining, amusing and, at times, heartrending account of another chapter in the annals of epic British sporting failure.

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3 July 2006: Creativity, design and the bicycle


Riding with London-based desiger and artist Julia Lohmann. We begin at the Velorution bike shop in the West End, where Julia’s giant backlit illustration of animal-bicycle metamophosis is on display. We ride down through the park via the Serpentine Gallery to her studio in Fulham and then south over Wandsworth Bridge and via Wandsworth Prison to Tooting to see one of her cowbenches – lifesize cow-shaped benches upholstered in a single cowhide – and to talk about her current project involving a sculpture of a tricycle in Shanghai. We talk about design, cycling, creativity and much more along the way.

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