This week features a ride in the hills of north Kent hills with writer, broadcaster and cyclist Graeme Fife. Graeme is the author of several of the best English language books about cycling and Le Tour de France. His new book has just been published. It’s a very personal memoir entitled The Beautiful Machine: A life in cycling from Tour de France to Cinder Hill.
Returning for the summer season, The Bike Show turns to the trials of US cycling star Floyd Landis, whose sensational victory in the 2006 Tour de France was thrown into doubt after he failed a test for the banned drug testosterone. We also hear an extended talk on road danger in a global context by Dr Ian Roberts, Professor of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine. Dr Roberts was addressing an event organised by Road Peace, the UK national charity for road crash victims. See also Moving Target Zine for excellent coverage of road danger issues London cyclists, plus top tips for all you fakengers out there. The ‘def track’ is by ex-bike messenger MC Abdominal who has given up being a courier in order to rap about being one. Is he serious??
To follow the latest twist and turns of the Floyd Landis doping affair, I recommend Trust But Verify, whose authors, devoted fans of Landis, have digested an ungodly amount about the science and law of anti-doping in cycling, and present their coverage in an honest, straightforward way. Cycling Post maintains a Landis Dossier.
Could 2007 be the best year yet for cycling in London? In the studio with Guy Andrews, editor of Rouleur magazine and Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists. We discuss the coming of Le Tour de France to London, the 15th Dunwich Dynamo and other group rides organized by Southwark Cyclists and ask whether London cycling will continue to boom. We also preview the Rapha Roller Race on 10 February with Therese Bjorn.
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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.
The Bike Show returns after a winter break to the news that the Grand Depart of the 2007 Tour De France will be in London!!
Featuring the formal presentation by ASO’s Jean-Marie Leblanc and a press conference by London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Also in the show is Kieron Yates’s impressionistic and thoughtful account of a winter brevet ride over the hills of the Chilterns in southern England.
Spotlight on a classic 1965 film about the Tour De France “Pour Un Maillot Jaune” (dir. Claude Lelouch). Guest in the studio is William Greswell.
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.