Archive | October, 2011
Harriet Owen following Lydia Boylan

The Competitive Impulse

Why do some people like to race their bicycles? We discuss the world of amateur bicycle racing with Ian Cleverly, deputy editor of Rouleur magazine and Lydia Boylan (pictured, above) of the Look Mum No Hands! race team and current Irish national track sprint champion. We also hear from Dr Jo Corbett of Portsmouth University […]

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Team GB rules the track and Patrick Field tells it like it is

In this week’s show, Jack attempts to feign interest in the European track cycling championships and Jen gets her geography all confused. Patrick Field saves the day with an inspirational talk at the Intelligence Squared cycling festival (view more here). Plus details of the next Friends of the Bike Show ride on Sunday 6 November.

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Friends of The Bike Show Ride: Sunday 6 November

The first Friends ride was such a success that we’re doing another one. Regular Bike Show guest Patrick Field, father of the Dunwich Dynamo, five time Paris-Brest-Paris finisher and three-times-distilled, 100% proof London bicycle guru, has offered to lead a ride to St Albans and back.

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How the Dutch got their cycle paths

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Paris-Brest-Paris: part two

Following on from last week’s documentary feature by Kieron Yates is a studio discussion of Paris-Brest-Paris, the world’s most venerable long distance bicycle race. In the studio are PBP veterans Judith Swallow and Dave Minter, and PBP debutant Pete Kelsey. Chris Ragsdale, one of this year’s stars, clocking in an exceptionally impressive sub-45 hour time, […]

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Compare and contrast

Here’s the Mayor and Transport for London’s plan for the new northern end junction of Blackfriars Bridge: And here’s the new plan from the London Cycling Campaign: Which do you prefer? If you think the LCC’s design is so much better, then get on your bike and join hundreds of London cyclists and walkers for […]

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Paris-Brest-Paris: part one

The 1200km Paris-Brest et retour was first raced in 1891 and is the oldest bicycle race still in existence, currently held as a brevet de randonneur every four years. Kieron Yates shares the agony and ecstasy of his second outing in an event that is only for the toughest of the tough. Next week we’ll […]

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