The sport of polo originated some two thousand years ago on the plains of Persia and it is today the preserve of the Royal family, Saudi princes, trust fund layabouts and the international jet set. Continue reading
The first Catford Cycling Club ‘Hill Climb’ was held at Westerham Hill on August 20th 1887. The 112th edition will take place on Yorks Hill in Kent, on Sunday 21st October at 11am. The race is run as a time trial with riders starting at one minute intervals to race just 707 yards, which in parts includes a gradient of 1 in 4. The top riders will cover this distance in less than two minutes, although The Bike Show correspondents may take rather longer. Entries close on 10 October and it costs Â£6 to enter. Therese Bjorn at Rapha is organizing a group ride down from central London, to tire out the competition. Full details below the fold. See you on the parcours! Continue reading
Earlier today the American Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Floyd Landis’s positive doping test and awarded a two year ban, which will mean Landis will be able to compete again in 2009. Spain’s Oscar Pereiro was declared the winner of the 2006 Tour de France. “You never want to win a competition like that but after a year and a half I’m just glad it’s over,” said Pereiro.
Having spent the summer moving microphones, mixing desks, transmitters and an antenna to new and improved studios, Resonance is back live on the air from noon on Sunday 23 September. (The Bike Show will return a little later in the year.)
Resonance FM is having an “open day” from 4pm to 6.30pm on Sunday 23 September. A tour of the new studio will take approximately seven minutes. Later that day there will be a RELAUNCH PARTY at the Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, from 7.00pm
Jack Thurston, presenter of the Bike Show, will lead a celebratory ride the short distance from the site of the old studios at 9 Denmark Street, just off Charing Cross Road to the new studio at Borough High Street. The ride will leave at 4.30pm and take a scenic route through the City which will be dead quiet on a Sunday afternoon.
The new studio is located about thirty seconds from Borough underground station. 144 Borough High Street, r/o Willcox House, London SE1 1LB. MAP.
Access is through the black iron gates to the right of Willcox House.
In a feature on why radio turns us on, the Guardian’s Zoe Williams listed The Bike Show alongside five other ‘gems on the airwaves’, including the legendary Hancock’s Half Hour and the Sony-award winning The Verb. Ms Williams is a certified London cyclist, so let’s hope it’s only a matter of time before she’s agrees to be a guest on the show.
Resonance FM is moving to new and better studios! This is great news, but it means the station is suspending all live broadcasts until the move is complete (sometime in August). Instead it will be broadcasting repeats from the past five years of art radio.
The Bike Show will return in due course, later in the year, though there may be a special podcast-only preview of the Symphony for Singing Bicycles, which was an outstanding success last weekend. Some photos are already beginning to appear online. And there’s short audio clips here here. Until then, enjoy Le Tour and let’s hope the summer appears before it’s too late.