Archive | July, 2009

Le Tour Redux

Joining me in the studio is Graeme Fife, author of the definitive account of Le Tour de France, updated each year. He’s also author of the beautiful Rapha Guide to the Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees. We discuss this year’s Tour de France, the most spectacular for some time, featuring the drama over the […]

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More AudioBoo fun: Tour de France reflections

After the Dunwich Dynamo by AudioBoo, now a look-back at the Tour. My guest on tomorrow (Monday’s) show will be writer Graeme Fife, who has written widely about the Tour, cycling, French history and other things too. We’ll be looking back over the 2009 Tour. We’d like to hear your reflections, your most memorable bits, […]

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Charging up my iPod for a summer cycle tour

Last summer I spent three weeks cycle touring in France, following my own version of the Raid Pyreneean and continuing along the Mediterranean coast and up to the centre of France. This year I’m heading to North America for a ride from Montreal to New York, stopping for the wedding of two dear friends in […]

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From Sublime to Ridiculous

Copenhagen is widely regarded as the world’s most cycle-friendly city. I ask Copenhagen’s Mayor Klaus Bondam what advice he gives to other city leaders in how to emulate the Danish capital. Multitalented musician, songwriter and cartoonist Peter Blegvad reads Alfred Jarry’s proto-absurdist short story “The Crucifixion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race”. Jarry (pictured, above) […]

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Podcast only: Theatre Review – Pedal Pusher

Pedal Pusher is a play that follows three professional cyclists, Jan Ullrich, Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong, in the most dramatic recent era of professional cycle sport. From the young prodigy Jan Ullrich winning the Tour in 1997, the doping scandals of 1998, Armstrong’s conquest of cancer and ending with Pantani’s exile from the sport […]

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Vive la bicyclette!

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Blazing Saddles: Inside the Brooks factory

For long-distance cycling they’re a must and they’ll improve the look of any bicycle. Brooks leather saddles date back to the 1870s and are still made in Birmingham where they were first invented. Steve Green of Brooks talks about the history and the craft of the most venerable and most comfortable bicycle saddle there is. […]

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