First run in 1891 as a race designed to demonstrate the practicality of the bicycle, Paris Brest Paris has since become a four yearly event that attracts long distance cyclists from around the world. This year is a Paris Brest Paris year and Kieron Yates – this week standing in for Jack Thurston – talks to Richard Phipps of Audax UK, the British long distance cycling association, about preparing for the ride and what to expect should he make it to Paris.
Also on today’s show Kieron tries to discover just how it is that we stay upright on our bikes as we pootle off down the road. Physicist, Dr Helen Czerski, provides the answers, describes the ‘Einstein flip‘, and confirms the efficiency of the bicycle. Helen is a member of the NOISE network of scientists.
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.
As we enter the final week of Le Tour De France 2005, I am joined in the studio by Bike Show regular William Greswell. Interviews with Guy Andrews, editor of Road Cycling UK and Rouleur magazine. Also talking with Kent Benson who is watching roadside in the Alps. Kent runs If Hannibal Had, organising cycling holidays in the Italian Alps.
In the studio is Johnny Green, former road manager of the Clash, talking about his other passion in life, Le Tour De France. In his new book ‘Push Yourself Just a Little Bit More’, Green gives a vivid and at times hilarious account of life backstage at Le Tour in 2003 and 2004 and finds out just why pro cycling has become the new rock ‘n’ roll.”