The World’s Oldest Bicycle Race?

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 £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

Floyd Landis: The Drugs Don’t Work

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.

Resonance FM Is Back: Celebration Ride: 23/9/07

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.

‘A gem on the airwaves’

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.

Off air for a while…

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.

The Bike Show presents the British premier of Raes’s Symphony for Singing Bicycles

Have you ever dreamt of playing in a symphony? Have you heard of the early-20th-century-futurists favoring the street over the canvas or the stage? Maybe Godfried-Willem Raes’s 2nd Symphony could be your chance. And, it isn’t even very difficult: join the symphony with your bicycle. We carefully prepare and tune your instrument; you and bicycle orchestra ride in a long row at a regular pace; the last cyclist overtakes the whole group. The Symphony will delight in a wonderful and exciting way.

Godfried-Willem RaesThe Bike Show is organising a performance of Godfried-Willem Raes’s (pictured, right) second symphony for ’singing bicycles’. It will take place on the morning of Saturday 7 July on London’s South Bank. This is first day of racing of the Tour De France’s Grand Depart in London, and the Symphony will almost certainly be the most eccentric contribution to a weekend of cycling in the capital. Continue reading