Today’s show snowed out

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Photo by curiouslypersistent, Creative Commons license

Listeners to The Bike Show in Canada, Minnesota and Norway will no doubt be amused to hear that half a foot of snow is enough to bring London and the south east of England to a standstill. An overnight cycle tour in Kent and Sussex has turned into something more like a vacation as I’ve been stuck high up on the Weald, roads icy and impassable for bicycles (at least, my bicycle) and all trains canceled until further notice. This has kept me from my usual Monday evening appointment with the radio studio.

As a result the interview with Bike Snob NYC that I had store for this week’s show will be broadcast next Monday. FM radio listeners were treated to a repeat of the second half of Alastair Humphrey’s epic round-the-world ride, featuring a detailed account of fixing punctures in the Siberian winter, at temperatures of minus 40 Celsius that is enough to make even the hardiest Mid-West winter cyclist shiver. Online listeners can refresh their memories over here.

Return of The Bike Show: Monday 26 January 2009

After a restorative break, the show returns to the airwaves for the 2009 season at 6.30pm on Monday, 26 January. Tune in live at 104.4fm in central London or Resonance FM’s web stream. Or via the podcast. To subscribe via iTunes, click here.

The show will feature a Northumberland coastal ride with Daniel Start, author of 2008 best-seller Wild Swimming.

Update: Owing to technical ineptitude the podcast edition of the show will not be online until the early evening of Tuesday 27 January.

Off-air antics: L’Enfer du Nord

One of the advantages of being off air for a while is more time to get out and about, for instance, a quick trip sous la Manche to watch the 2008 Paris-Roubaix, the Queen of the Classics. Just shy of 260 kilometers, with around 55 kilometers over the brutal pavé (cobblestone farm tracks) of northern France. Camera: Andy Curry, William Greswell.

And a few stills:

If all this makes you want to test yourself on the toughest single day course in cycle racing, the Paris-Roubaix cyclo-sportive on 8 June is still accepting entries.

Vote Now: £50 million for cycle paths

The vulgar spectacle and regressive tax on the poor and the hopeless that is the UK’s National Lottery, is giving away £50 million of its ill-gotten loot to one of four ‘worthy causes’, to be decided by a popular vote in which everyone in the UK can take part. The poll closes on 10 December.

One of four projects in the running is Sustrans, the excellent charity which makes bike paths and other good things in the cause of sustainable transport. If it wins the vote, Sustrans would spend the money on Connect2:

“A UK-wide project that aims to improve local travel in 79 communities by creating new walking and cycling routes for the local journeys we all make every day. By building bridges and crossings over busy roads, rivers and railway lines, Connect2 will get people to the places they want to go. Each crossing will link to a network of walking and cycling routes, taking you to your schools, shops, work and green spaces. Connect2 will also bring people closer together, making journeys quicker and more convenient and leaving more time to spend with family and friends.”

After the jump is a rather tacky video that explains all about it. Anyway, as the Chicago mob bosses used to say, vote early and vote often. By phone on 0870 24 24 602 (calls cost 10p from a landline, maybe a shade more from a mobile) or online. Continue reading