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 be talking about the race with a handful of other riders who will share their experiences and tips for anyone considering taking part.

Jah Tweed

Jen meets Tim Jacques, one of the film-makers at this year’s Bicycle Film Festival, whose film “Peace and Lovely Tailoring” combines Rastafari, cycling and tweed clothing – a surefire winner here at The Bike Show. And we hear from Patrick Morgan, a Kiwi over in Europe on a fact-finding mission about cycle training and campaigning. In a podcast extra this week, Jack chats with Brendt Barbur, founder of the Bicycle Film Festival, about cycling in London and New York and why 2012 will be all about women in cycling.

Friends Ride: An East London Excursion

Join other listeners and friends of The Bike Show on a leisurely 35 kilometre ride this Saturday 24th September.

We’ll meet at Look Mum No Hands! at 49 Old Street at around half past nine and set off not long after. We’ll head east along the canals, through Victoria Park, over the Lea Navigation and up onto the Greenway, past the Olympic stadium and the Joseph Bazalgette’s nineteenth century temple of sewage (pictured above). With the Beckton Alp in view we’ll turn south and ride through a park, past pylons and horses and around the Royal Albert Docks and the University of East London. The Woolwich free ferry will take us across the River to lunch by the river at the Anchor and Hope in Charlton. Then it’s upstream past the Thames Barrier, through Greenwich, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey to end up at Resonance FM for a quick studio tour and perhaps a lemonade at a nearby pub.

Bring a bike with pumped up tyres, a spare inner tube and some wet weather clothes if it looks like it might rain.

If you are joining us, please drop an email to If you can’t make the start, try to join us en route. Email for a mobile phone number.

Season opening ride: Saturday 24 September

As promised, there’ll be a friends of The Bike Show ride this coming Saturday 24th September, on the eve of the show’s return to the airwaves on Monday.

The ride will start at Look Mum No Hands! on Old Street around 9.30am and finish at the Resonance FM studios in Borough High Street around 4pm, possibly earlier.

There are currently two options and which one we choose will depend on what those taking part want to do. The poll was very close, with just a single vote putting the Eastern Excursion ahead of the North Downs Hills.

1: A leisurely city ride east along canals, the Greenway, the Woolwich Ferry and back along the south bank of the river (pub lunch at the Hope and Anchor, Charlton?). Around 35km

2: A more speedy ride through Camberwell, Dulwich, West Wickham to the North Downs, over the M25, a few hills and back. Around 75km. Possible pub lunch stop at the Blacksmiths Arms in Cudham.

This looks like a fair result as the more accessible ride has won out and those who crave speed and hills can always form a Bike Show peloton in the Ride of the Falling Leaves the following weekend.

If you want to be kept informed about the ride by email, drop a line to or post a comment and leave your email (not in the text of comment, but in the email box).

Dunwich Dynamo Redux

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The 2011 edition of the Dunwich Dynamo, the cult mass participation night ride from London to the Suffolk Coast, as experienced by listeners of The Bike Show. Thanks to everyone who recorded their audio snippets.

Put the 2012 Dynamo in your diaries now: 30 June / 1 July 2012.

All Night, All Right: Dunwich Dynamo 2011 Preview

Candles light the way

In its 19th edition this year, the Dunwich Dynamo is London’s greatest mass participation ride – bar none. In the studio are Patrick Field, who first conceived the ride and two London cyclists planning to do just a little bit more than the usual Dun Run. Rosie Downes is planning to ride to Dunwich and back while Leo Tong will be riding the 200km on a Boris Bike.

Route sheets are available at the start.

The Exmouth Exodus is on 13/14 August 2011.

A Midsummer Misadventure with Dixe Wills (and a podcast bonus)

Wild camping sunrise

On a Midsummer’s Night Dixe Wills, travel writer and author of a new book on Britain’s tiny campsites, guides us on a ride from central London up the Lea Valley to a wild camping spot for a ‘sub twenty four hour overnight’. Various pitfalls ensure that little goes to plan.

The new Bike Show jersey is unveiled and – in a podcast only bonus – Andrew Neather of the Evening Standard explains why the newspaper came out for London’s cyclists.